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Stuck between pursuing Content Creation and Entrepreneurship

At the heart of it, I want to pursue a career that can make a positive difference in other people's lives. One of my core values is flexibility, so I've been strongly advised against entrepreneurship but I've latched onto this identity so long it's hard to shed it off. Should I focus singularly on content creation like blogging, or should I continue to apply to entrepreneurial programs (as backup, if you will)?

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Kathy’s Answer

The good news is that this is not a question of EITHER, OR. You can do both! Depending on the content you create, the topics of your blogs, or the range of your interests, you may already be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is more of a mindset than a field of study. Entrepreneurs are relentlessly persistent and don't take "no" for answer. They are laser focused on building a business based on the product they are bringing to market and the need they are filling. They are risk-takers and they are ambitious. Entrepreneurs have built and grown businesses in everything from selling books on line (think Amazon) to socially conscious products (think Toms), to harnessing solar energy for commercial use. It comes in all shapes and sizes.

If you love content, keep at it. Think about how you can leverage what you love and turn it into a business of your own.
Good Luck?

Kathy recommends the following next steps:

Keep up the great work you already do in content development
Look at what other people are doing in the area, especially new tools they use, search engines, who is getting hired to do content work
Think about what YOU need to be successful. What unmet needs are out there in the area of content that you can fill?
Find that niche and go for it!
Be passionate, relentless and excellent in your pursuit

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Maryann’s Answer

I have been an entrepreneur and flexibility is perhaps the greatest trait required! Most of my clients we're entrepreneurs and ALL of them were highly creative as you are. I think you can marry your objectives nicely and follow your heart, too. The real question is a risk - entrepreneurs must be willing to take on risk. The more confidence you have in the marketability of your ”product” whether it be content creation or something else, the more prepared you will be to truly understand the risks of creating something entrepreneurial.
So, I would recommend that you begin by finding your passion, whether it's blogging or something else. This may not happen overnight. Stick with it and try different things. Most importantly, BELIEVE in yourself. Good luck.

Maryann recommends the following next steps:

Start with a project you think you'll really like
Get as much education in your field as you can
Try different things
Meet as many people in your field ss you can incl. on social media
Answer the question: do I really want to be an entrepreneur and be specific about what that would look like

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Howard’s Answer

I don't disagree with the other responses. I would say, however, that I'd refine the content creation first because if you want to connect it up with some sort of business, content is king. If you have solid content that's out there in the world, you may be approached by a host of different people or businesses that might offer different roads that might appeal to you. So I wouldn't narrow your definition of what entrepreneurship can mean for you. The deeper question might be - how do you want to connect your passions with content so that you CAN make a difference in people's lives.

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Alan’s Answer

I strongly suggest following your heart and pursuing your passion. The entrepreneurship path can also be flexible! I have worked at Disney for over 31 years and been involved in a significant amount of content creation via multimedia and video production. I also have an significant interest in the entrepreneur spirit so i have also had the opportunity to use vacation time and be involved in live event and tv projects outside the Disney organization (as long as it does not conflict with my primary Disney job).

Alan recommends the following next steps:

Continue to create and provide blog content.
When the opportunity presents itself pursue new opportunities while also continuing to create blog content.