Entrepreneurship as an Essential Life Skill

Yesterday, the Fizzle guys and I were talking about big picture vision and strategy for our team. We’ve never officially drafted a vision statement. I’ve always had one loosely defined, but when I reviewed it with the guys, we all agreed it was too narrow.
We wanted something bigger and bolder. We want a vision statement to act as our “we believe the world should be this way” kind of statement. As in, if we could change one thing about the world, this would be it.

We landed on something yesterday that felt more profound and impactful than anything else.

What if anyone could build a business they believe in?

What if building a business was an essential life skill, something that every well-rounded person should be able to do? Like changing the oil on your car, or traveling overseas, or crafting a well planned argument, or making boeuf bourguignon?

I’m not talking about building the next Uber or AirBnb here, necessarily. There are too many factors at play there, including luck, opportunity and the individual’s needs and drive.

But on a basic level, building a business is so simple, and potentially so life changing, even if that business just turns out to be a side project or something that puts a few bucks in your pocket.

In it’s simplest form, a business is nothing more than creating something people want, finding those people and charging a price they’re willing to pay.

Call it entrepreneurship, or self-employment, or just earning a living. The titles carry different baggage, but the end goal is the same.

This isn’t about building the next billion-dollar company. It’s about the deep sense of fulfillment you feel from achieving self-reliance through earning a living independently.

Shouldn’t everyone be able to do that?

How amazing would the world become if every person could build a business they believe in?

What do you think of our new vision statement?

At Fizzle, we believe every person should be able to build a business they believe in.

I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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