Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship: Are YOU In the Right Role? • Financially Simple


Are business owners failures? I say this a little tongue-in-cheek, but many business owners may have failed to hit their mark. I believe this stems from failing to understand the dynamics of entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship. You see, whether as independent entrepreneurs forging new paths or intrapreneurs driving change from within established companies, individuals across these spectrums have unique and valuable skill sets that can complement one another If you’re in the right seat. Join me as I seek to answer the question… Should YOU be a business owner?

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Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship: The Difference

Entrepreneurship embodies a spirit of innovation, resilience, and determination. Entrepreneurs are the bold visionaries, the risk-takers who dare to dream big. They pursue their passions with unwavering commitment. Entrepreneurs navigate the uncertain terrain of business ownership with courage and conviction. As I often say, entrepreneurs are the types that will charge hell with a water pistol.

Like its counterpart, intrapreneurship also embraces innovation, resilience, and determination. However, intrapreneurs operate within the confines of established organizations. They often leverage their entrepreneurial mindset to drive innovation, foster change, and propel a company forward from within. You see, despite differing contexts and scopes, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs share a common objective. They both desire to enact meaningful change and create value in their respective organizations.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship

Friends, the entrepreneurial journey is a perilous one. You will face an onslaught of challenges, setbacks, and uncertainties. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. You see, entrepreneurs must navigate a labyrinth of obstacles on their path to success. These obstacles range from financial risks and market fluctuations to operational hurdles and legal complexities. The dangers of these challenges rest solely on the entrepreneur’s shoulders.

Yet, amidst the chaos, isolation, and uncertainty, entrepreneurs remain undeterred. Folks, we find strength in our unwavering commitment to our vision. It’s the adversity that makes us stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. So, as you can see, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. True entrepreneurship comes at a cost that most people just aren’t comfortable with.

My own mother has told me on many occasions that she doesn’t understand why I do the things I do. “Justin, you walk on the razor’s edge,” she said. I do this because I understand risk vs reward. I often tell her, “Momma, I’m [25, 35, 45] years old. If I lose it all tomorrow, I’ll be okay.” That’s because it has never been about money for me. It has always been about making an impact in people’s lives.

Intrapreneurship: Driving Change from Within

For intrapreneurs embedded within established organizations, the landscape is equally challenging. The primary difference is that they aren’t taking the same type of personal risk that entrepreneurs are. But that’s not to say that intrapreneurs don’t take risks. You see, intrapreneurs have to navigate the intricacies of corporate culture, hierarchy, and bureaucracy to achieve the vision.

Although they may not have the same level of autonomy as entrepreneurs, they still value autonomy to do things their way within their departments. In this way, intrapreneurs possess a distinct advantage. They have access to the resources, infrastructure, and support systems within their organization, without incurring the risk of acquiring them.

One thing that so many people miss is that intrapreneurs exhibit the same passion for innovation that entrepreneurs do. They are energized by creating new and more efficient ways of doing things. When entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs come together for a common vision, look out! There’s no stopping them.

Embracing Change and Uncertainty: Keys to Success

In the face of change and uncertainty, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike must embrace adaptability. You must display resilience and a willingness to evolve. Whether forging ahead as independent trailblazers or driving change from within an established organization, you face myriad challenges. Each one demands flexibility, creativity, and perseverance. By embracing change as an opportunity for growth, you can unlock your full potential and drive meaningful impact. 

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: Navigating the Trade-offs

When looking at entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship, you must confront the realities of your chosen path. Are you undeterred by the risks and dangers of owning a business? Does proving the naysayers wrong motivate and energize you? Would you be more willing to take calculated risks if the consequences didn’t rest on your shoulders? Friends, the answers to these questions will provide valuable insight into which role you were created for.

It’s easy to look at one or the other and think, “It must be nice…” However, both come with unique challenges and sacrifices. I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a neighbor when I was a boy. We were looking at the cow pasture on the other side of his property and I commented on how much greener the grass was in the pasture. I’ll never forget, he looked at me and said, “Do you know why?” I said, “No sir. I don’t.” He chuckled and replied, “There’s way more crap over there!”

Whether navigating the uncertain terrain of business ownership or driving change from within an organization, we must remember that the pros come with cons. The reality is that there a many business owners out there that shouldn’t be. It doesn’t mean they’re bad at what they do. However, many would flourish in an intrapreneurial role.

Through introspection and a deep understanding of your strengths and limitations, you can chart a course toward success. By acknowledging the inherent risks, challenges, and uncertainties of entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship, you can your respective role with confidence.

Wrapping Up…

Friends, entrepreneurship vs intrapreneurship doesn’t mean the roles are at odds with one another. Nor am I suggesting that one is greater than the other. I am an entrepreneur through and through, but I’ve had the honor of employing many intrapreneurs during my career. Each time, it has helped me and my business to become better.

I encourage you to take an honest look at yourself, today. Are you truly an entrepreneur, or would you be happier and more effective in an intrapreneurial capacity? By embracing change as an opportunity for growth, you can navigate the complexities of your role with confidence and conviction. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur, you have the power to effect meaningful change, create value, and leave a lasting impact on the world around you.

Are you an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur? Regardless of your answer, we could help you get where you want to be. Reach out to our team to learn how!


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