Startup Entrepreneurs are always "hustling" to get resources or capital from friends, family, customers, or investors. The technical difference is that the Hustler does business through illegal means and the Entrepreneur, more often, does it through legal means. Does this mean that a Hustler can't be an Entrepreneur? We looked at the meaning through yourdictionary.com. They define a hustler as a "person who is aggressively hard-working who knows how to get around problems, or a person who makes money by doing something dishonest." They even mention that hustler is slang for prostitute.
Some may argue that a prostitute is an Entrepreneur. Prostitutes have a product (their body) and a service (sex). They need to hustle to get paid and differentiate themselves from other streetwalkers. Prostitution involves marketing and uses social media. They are outcasts of our society that need to to hustle to maintain a competitive lead over those that try to take advantage of them. Doesn't it sound like an Entrepreneur?
The Entrepreneur has the same negative connotation as a Prostitute. Entrepreneurs are often ignored, disrespected, and misunderstood. This happens even though 2 out of 3 net jobs are created by small businesses according to the SBA. In a startup, the true Entrepreneur is always a Hustler as they almost never have enough resources or capital. They are either hustling deals or resources EVERY day. Hustle is a way of life for the Entrepreneur. You can call me a Hustler any day as it should be a badge of honor for an Entrepreneur.
So the dilemma is do you want to be called a Hustler or an Entrepreneur. There is a Hustler's quote that says, "Hustle until you no longer have to introduce yourself." Comment on the bottom of this blog or in our forum. There is no need to introduce yourself as an Entrepreneur.
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