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The Entrepreneur Who Thought She Was An Employee

A fable.

Let me tell you a story of an entrepreneur who thought she was an employee. When she was a child, she told her parents “I want to be a ballerina!” Her parents laughed and thought she was cute, but when she said “I want to run a dance studio” even as a teenager, her parents told her: “You need to be serious and get a real job.” So, she grew up doing what serious people do, going to classes, practicing for interview questions, and memorizing terms.

One day, she met a businessman, who could tell that she surpressed her entrepreneurial dreams to fit into a corporate world like a puzzle piece. He was surprised to see her going to a cubicle from 9-5. She was born an entrepreneur and had the heart of an entrepreneur, and nothing could change that. The businessman brought her to his office and said to her, “You are an entrepreneur, you are creative and capable. Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!” The woman thought slightly, only to return to her cubicle and continue doing what employees do.

The businessman returned the next day and tried to convince her that she was an entrepreneur that was born for something greater. He took her to a business event and said to her: “You are an entrepreneur, you are creative and capable. Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!” She considered it for a moment, then returned to her cubicle.

Knowing what entrepreneurs are really about, the businessman would try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that she was an entrepreneur.

The businessman returned the next day and flew her out to his vacation home. They could not see the offices filled with cubicles or the robotic cities from this new setting. The businessman spoke to her: “You are an entrepreneur, you are creative and capable. Don’t be afraid to do what you want to do!” This time she thought deeply, and decided that she would open a studio. She moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty perseverance of an entrepreneur, she succeeded.

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