Entrepreneurship: Is It A Trend or A Passion?

entrepreneurship /ɒntrəprəˈnəːʃɪp/ noun

Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

Evolution of Entrepreneurship

Once regarded as a risk, entrepreneurship is gaining popularity around the world, especially among the youth.

At this point, young entrepreneurs have become synonymous with hardworking, passionate, and exemplary students, and role models for young children and future generations, a poster board to encourage the youth to explore their passions at an early age.

However, what has been born from this (as an inevitable side-effect), is the fact that engaging in entrepreneurship has become an indispensable part of college applications, making it a characteristic that must be displayed in students.

Today, Entrepreneurship has become a pressure for students. It is not uncommon to see students boasting start-ups on their college applications from as young as fourteen or fifteen.

Now, this is most definitely inspiring and exceptional, but is their start-up a figment of their passion, or a product of the societal standard of excellence in college applications?

Is It Involving Passion?

Entrepreneurship, which was once an important but also unique trait in individuals, has become exploited and extorted, stripping entrepreneurship of its essence and importance in the real world.

But that is the problem with entrepreneurship: it can be engaged by anyone, at any time, and anywhere.

And it is because of this that entrepreneurship has become a trend for students: where their start-ups are only active for a few months for credibility. Which again, is where the problem arises.

Students’ enrapturement with entrepreneurship has made them eager for results, and excited to appear unique.

However, at the same time, refuse actual entrepreneurs of their credibility and reliability, for none of their start-ups last longer than until it provides them with sufficient profit (AKA college applications).

It’s then the issue of students being unable to separate their true interests and the passion and pressure of engaging in something popular- a trend, if you may. It is the mind of the youth, where exploration has become mistaken for entrepreneurship.

What Remains of Entrepreneurship

Everyone wants a piece of that fame, and praise, so what is to say that their endeavor into entrepreneurship is just as shallow and superficial?

Entrepreneurship loses its meaning, and what it stands for. Long gone is the exploration and pursuit of passion to become successful in something we love.

What remains is the entrepreneurship that is transient, a temporal stage to be undertaken in the tender teenage years as a filler to appear more accomplished than others, for it is the human condition.

The impatience and the greed to be better than others that students lose themselves in, unable to resurface, impairing their ability to make proper decisions when choosing extra-curricular activities.

While entrepreneurship can be truly rewarding in terms of experience, if the core of the pursuit is not a passion, the experience it offers may not even be valuable for the entrepreneurs. 

One who decides to pursue entrepreneurship must know their aspirations and passions well. Every student can’t know their interests though, and it is why we see more start-ups that are STEM-related among younger students because passion in STEM is easily identifiable, not comparable, and easy to pursue.

Those who have no interest in STEM, are then abandoned in the peripheral view, pressured to partake in said STEM-related start-ups to spice their college applications. It is no wonder that the boasts of young entrepreneurship are more of a trend than a passion.

No Longer Represent Passion

Many do not realize that entrepreneurship no longer offers a veil of comfort and support, for it is no longer unique and no longer represents passion. What we are left now, is a mangled corpse of passion.

It is maybe time for students to explore other methods to exercise their passion for entrepreneurship does not promise students that their passions will be properly represented and laid out for scrutiny under the eyes of college admission professors.

What students need to engage in is their passions, a way of cultivating hidden talent or testing the waters of future interests.

A student must understand that not engaging in entrepreneurship is not the end of the world. But, of course, under the immense pressure of success,  it is difficult to evade these thoughts when most successes are directly interlinked to entrepreneurship. However, that is where we go wrong as well.

Correlation is not causation. Entrepreneurship has been reduced to a simple trend for students to hop on the bandwagon, and it is because of this that students feel unworthy of success because they have not had pursuit in entrepreneurship.

Best Suggestion for Student

Finding your way and paving your path is the best thing you, as a student, can do for yourself. Evading a trend may sometimes be the best way to stand out in a college application.

In a storm and sea of start-ups, the best thing is an application without the mention of a start-up: What did you do with the time you had while others sacrificed it for entrepreneurship? What have you done differently from your peers?

However, if you do wish you pursue entrepreneurship, it is important to examine every detail of your pursuit. Is it truly just something transactional – something you pursue in the hopes of a scholarship or the superficial notion of being unique? Or is it something you love?

It is important to understand that entrepreneurship at its essence, serves people, and it is for the good of people, not for the good of your personal endeavors and college application.

There exist many implications and consequences of a start-up: ones that cannot be dealt with a shallow notion of varying your resume.

You must be ready to produce products and ideas that can be utilized readily by others. You are for others, not for yourself.

Entrepreneurship is not personal, so don’t make it to be. 

Forbes

The most unique part of a college application is yourself. Not your extra-curricular. Not your grades. Not your start-up. You. Don’t become a trend.

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Writer: likhitha Krishna
Editor: Evelyn Tobing

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