The needs of an entrepreneur
“I’ve always felt that we should try to live our lives so as to leave the world a better place.” – Daphne Koller, Co-founder of CourseraWhen do obligations kick in? The sense of duty that founders and members of an organisation feel is strongest in the idea phase. All decisions throughout the life of an organisation are shaped by obligations. A business has an obligation to society, which is part of its purpose to produce offerings according to consumer needs. Who are entrepreneurs obliged to Entrepreneurs feel a responsibility to help their community of users, employees and investors. Founders have a commitment to earn a living to provide for a family, or to continue the legacy of a family business – and they are obliged to themselves and what drives them. What do founders feel obliged to? For entrepreneurs, the drive to start a business often feels like an obligation to a community, neighborhood or geographic area. Entrepreneurs may feel obliged to a neighborhood, country or society as a whole. Most of all take on this burden to be autonomous and change the world for the better. I have always felt an obligation to my sense of self-expression. In later years though, I have found that having an obligation that is bigger than myself drives me even harder. Do you have a strong obligation concerning your company? If you are not yet an entrepreneur, what do you think would be your strongest obligation in a start-up? Please write your thoughts in the comments below.