This blog post is in answer to a question that one of our “Growing” members Mai asked me. She has clients who keep asking her to “model” the website, system, etc. of other people and one of her clients asked her to model my site! She told her to sign up for our membership and then copy it. Well, I view this as stealing my ideas, not modeling. It’s one thing if I’m selling the system I created; I’m not. While I have measures in place to prevent those who may try to do this, I don’t appreciate it one bit that someone asked her to steal from me; someone who no doubt considers themselves an entrepreneur. Mai, didn’t take the client and told them she felt it would be dishonest to do that. She also let them know she was already a member of my website. I’m proud of you Mai and I never forget that type of loyalty. I believe Mai has already read my article “What to do when your Ethics are tested” and this will also be a strong article about those who fancy themselves entrepreneurs, but are merely “copying”, “modeling” or I saying “stealing” the ideas of others and passing them off as their own.
I understand that marketers have to sell, so of course they will tell you that you must have “systems” in place, because they want you to buy their “systems”. I do agree that you need to have processes and procedures in place to run a successful business; but what happened to creating your own?! Shouldn’t an entrepreneur be innovative enough to do what works for them? Of course there will be people who tell you “Why re-invent the wheel?” to mask their own lack of creativity. I say because there may be something better than the wheel. I mean were search engines always around? No, but there’s now a better way to research than dusting off encyclopedias.
While you may have the same services, etc., if you’re in the same industry as someone else, you needn’t follow what everyone else says is a must! For instance, one marketer does videos and then the “followers” all say being in your own “VIDEO is where it’s at!” I mean really….do what makes you comfortable and you’ll no doubt be much better at it. I have been interviewing experts the way I want to interview them on our YouTube channel for YEARS, now I notice that some of the biggest names in marketing are interviewing people, whereas before, they were only featuring themselves in their videos. There’s another woman in Canada that I think was also interviewing others when I started, but there weren’t many. Like I said in a previous post, popular marketers copy off of successful people who may not be as popular and think no one notices. Nothing could be further from the truth. When all you do is copy others and don’t give them credit or follow every trend you hear about, you aren’t really an entrepreneur.
Here are a few definitions I found of an entrepreneur:
- Entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiative.
- Entrepreneur in English, is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome.
Some key words above are: NEW, RISK, VENTURE, RESPONSIBILITY, OWNER. So invent NEW ideas and systems; take RISKS, even if others don’t understand them; VENTURE into the unknown, if you feel it’s right for your business; take responsibility for your successes and if things don’t pan out; OWN your company and stand out from the rest. BE AN ENTREPRENEUR!
This is Shilonda Downing, signing off for Virtual Work Team LLC!