The Accidental Entrepreneur on Purpose


Many people have been referencing the book “The Accidental Entrepreneur” by Susan Urquhart-Brown. It’s no wonder, since the traditional employment opportunities are on hold until the economy turns around in a more meaningful way.

In her book, Ms. Urquhart-Brown outlines the best practices and lessons learned from starting up her own business. What I find intriguing is not so much the content of her tome, but rather the interest this subject has garnered with myriad displaced workers.

There is a growing interest and energy in the conceits and beliefs that have driven entrepreneurs to venture off on their own, instead of settling for the warm, safe walls of established businesses. One of the obvious accelerators of this intensifying interest is the total breakdown of corporate constructs and infrastructure. People are gravitating toward self-employment out of desperation and a general lack of employment options.

But once we get past the panic of self-imposed entrepreneurship, we begin to note that something quite extraordinary is taking place.

Suddenly, newfound creativity, freedom and drive emerge as we are forced to create our own work experience. No longer are we relying on existing corporate infrastructure to provide us with structure and work assignments. Now, we are the hook for everything, which is both frightening and exciting at the same time. Experts say that there are ten key traits for a successful entrepreneur. These are:

  • Persistence
  • Confidence
  • Vision
  • Action
  • Dedication
  • Faith
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
  • Courage
  • Communication

These are the same traits that made us successful in our traditional roles at our old companies. It is just that now, we have to leverage all of these assets simultaneously toward a common goal present within each of us – our own personal success.

The funny thing is, is that when the economy gets back on its feet and the jobs are ready for us again, we may be asking ourselves, “Do I really want to go back?” What started out as a survival tactic may allow us to thrive both personally and professionally.

It is at that point we become the accidental entrepreneur on purpose.

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