Entrepreneurial Energy

Feb 3 2010

Energy

Wikipedia defines Energy as:

“In physics, energy (from the Greek – energeia, “activity, operation”, from – energos, “active, working”) is a scalar physical quantity that describes the amount of work that can be performed by a force, an attribute of objects and systems that is subject to a conservation law.”

Over lunch yesterday, I ended up having some discussions about where entrepreneurs get their energy. More on some of my thoughts around this later, and also on things I’m trying to do (like LaunchUp.org) to provide a spark of energy to entrepreneurs here in Utah.

But my main takeaway is this: Entrepreneurial energy is very different than that described by Wikipedia about energy in physics. Physical energy is subject to laws of conservation: “In physics, a conservation law states that a particular measurable property of an isolated physical system does not change as the system evolves.”

Entrepreneurial energy is not subject to the fixed nature and inability to grow. It actually grows and grows as you have more if it being shared. As the system evolves, the energy available to entrepreneurs keeps getting larger and larger, and the more individuals involved in local ecosystems of entrepreneurship share this energy, the faster energy spreads and the greater the available energy is. It’s a perfect example of the snowball effect. Some places are doing a hell of a job evolving their system, and from the outside looking in, I can see their entrepreneurial energy breaking the laws of conversation.

It’s about sharing and connecting. About being open. About getting all amped up on entrepreneurship and making sure everyone else knows it.

Finally, where do you think (generally or specifically) entrepreneurs get energy from?

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  • jtzemp

    Caffeine.

    That and this:
    1.) In the beginning, is the thrill of the start and getting (what seems like) 80% of the product done in 20% of the time
    2.) In the 'Dip' when it starts to get hard, resistance is motivating. The rest of the 20% of the product taking the other 80-90% of the time. Now you're doing the 'real' work.
    3.) If you make it to where growth is self-sustaining, your momentum and growth pushes you along and you just have to hold on for dear life and steer as best as you can.

    lather, rinse, repeat… :)

  • Entreprendedora

    “As Entrepreneur, each of us has an individual energy, a unique energy source, that feeds others and it's feed by getting in connection with other energy sources -other entrepreneurs- we get activated by working with others. The human quantity -not the quantity- will affect of work performed. We have an internal force that the group cannot give you, but the group source could help you to find the right source. In todays world, it's important to have electricity or energy conversation in case that if the group disappear or whatever happens, you will still stand”.

    sonia thomas
    @moretwitt

  • jtzemp

    Caffeine.

    That and this:
    1.) In the beginning, is the thrill of the start and getting (what seems like) 80% of the product done in 20% of the time
    2.) In the 'Dip' when it starts to get hard, resistance is motivating. The rest of the 20% of the product taking the other 80-90% of the time. Now you're doing the 'real' work.
    3.) If you make it to where growth is self-sustaining, your momentum and growth pushes you along and you just have to hold on for dear life and steer as best as you can.

    lather, rinse, repeat… :)

  • Entreprendedora

    “As Entrepreneur, each of us has an individual energy, a unique energy source, that feeds others and it's feed by getting in connection with other energy sources -other entrepreneurs- we get activated by working with others. The human quantity -not the quantity- will affect of work performed. We have an internal force that the group cannot give you, but the group source could help you to find the right source. In todays world, it's important to have electricity or energy conversation in case that if the group disappear or whatever happens, you will still stand”.

    sonia thomas
    @moretwitt