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The Entrepreneur Mindset: Pursuing Meaning Over Happiness

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

The Entrepreneur Mindset

There's More to Life Than Being Happy

In the video, Emily Esfahani Smith, an author and researcher, presents a compelling argument that the ultimate purpose of life is not the pursuit of happiness, but rather the pursuit of meaning.

This concept is particularly relevant to the entrepreneur mindset, as entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of building and growing a business.

The Entrepreneur Mindset and Meaning

Some key findings in the video and how they relate to being an entrepreneur.

  • Belonging: An entrepreneur mindset values relationships where each individual is appreciated for their intrinsic qualities. This fosters a sense of community and collaboration, crucial for a thriving business environment. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely at times. Belonging matters.

  • Purpose: The entrepreneur mindset is not just about personal gain, but about using one's strengths to serve others. Entrepreneurs find purpose in providing solutions to problems, serving their customers, and making a positive impact on society.

  • Transcendence: Entrepreneurs often experience moments of transcendence when they see their vision becoming a reality, or when their products or services genuinely improve someone's life. These moments lift them above the daily grind and connect them to a higher purpose.

  • Storytelling: An entrepreneur mindset understands the power of storytelling. Entrepreneurs create a narrative from their journey, providing clarity and inspiring their team. This narrative becomes the brand's mission and values.


Additional Thoughts to Consider

  • The pursuit of happiness can often lead to feelings of emptiness and despair, whereas the pursuit of meaning leads to resilience, better performance, and even longer life. This underscores the importance of the entrepreneur mindset in building a business that is not just profitable, but also meaningful.

  • The four pillars of meaning can be cultivated in our lives to create a more fulfilling and meaningful existence. This can guide for entrepreneurs to build a meaningful business and a fulfilling entrepreneurial journey.

  • The concept of storytelling implies that we have the power to change our narratives, which can lead to personal growth and redemption. This is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs to pivot their business strategies, overcome challenges, and inspire their teams.

  • Ms. Smith suggests that society needs to build these pillars within our families and institutions to help people become their best selves. This is a call to action for entrepreneurs to build businesses that not only generate profits, but also contribute positively to society and the lives of their employees.

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