I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to understand the nuances between, creative, creator, founder, freelancer, and entrepreneur, and who do I want to serve with my coaching.
Some people I’ve asked see these labels as interchangeable. Others use it as an important way to describe who they are and what they do.
The nuances felt too blurry for me to really focus on a single label. As a coach who is ultimately wants to help his clients build a meaningful, profitable business, I realize I had to use a pair of words that’s also often used: creative entrepreneur.
A creative entrepreneur straddles the line between generous creativity and building a meaningful, profitable business. They are comfortable creating and selling their work.
The people I work with are entrepreneurial. They want to pave their own road and value autonomy over certainty. They take the risk of doing something that may not work, and look for a coach who can be a partner in their endeavor.
They’re also creative because, honestly, we all are creative. The industrial economy convinced us we aren’t by giving us a formula and predictable outcomes. It’s time we reclaimed our birthright and risk it not working out so that we have a chance of contributing to someone’s betterment.
My stake in the ground is that we can all build a meaningful, profitable business through courageous, generous creativity. There is no guarantee, but I promise the journey is worth it.
It’s worth is because there isn’t enough of courageous, generous curiosity in the world. It’s the work we need to do because people are hungry for it.