In the face of the recent economic downturn, many Americans and world citizens went to work for themselves. What may have started out as harmlessly optimistic ‘funemployment’ eventually led many out-of-work job seekers – young and old – to look to their own business ideas to get out of the slump. Why not take that excitement and passion and focus it on your community? Become a community entrepreneur.
While many are still feeling the effects of the recession, the entrepreneurial wave is still going. There’s no reason we can’t put our passions into collaboration to make our communities better. Just the way your business idea will add value to the business world, your interaction and interest in your community will add value directly to your community.
We’re big proponents of helping people succeed by driving them to pursue the passions they love, and there is no more rewarding experience than coming together and collaborating on something bigger than us as individuals. What better place to begin to realize this than in our own communities? There are always activities to pursue, people to meet, and groups to get involved in. Every interaction adds to something and you will see that you can shape and influence the area around you for the better.
The recession helped us realize there’s more to being happy at work than sitting at a desk 9 to 5 and having performance reviews with your boss. There is something about the risks of entrepreneurship that has always embodied the American Dream. Now we are embracing the personal and professional rewards that being risky in business can yield. Case in point: in 2008 and 2009 alone the first appearances of Spotify, Foursquare, and Shazam surfaced. To a degree, we have the recession to thank.
What does this mean? It means that we are all powerful. We all have the capabilities to be innovators. We all have good ideas and when faced with challenges we will always find other avenues to pursue, other ways to feel happy and fulfilled. Businessmen and women are starting to exploit the thrill of entrepreneurship for their careers. This independent spirit can similarly be channeled into community improvement.
If you are out of work and frustrated take a look around your community. What can be made better? What needs to change? There are people all around waiting for change to come. You can be the one to bring it. Be an entrepreneur for your community. Who knows, it might just get you a job too.