The Entrepreneur and the Trader
I recently spoke at my daughter's high school career day. Understandably, they needed to put a label on what I do. I struggle a bit each time someone asks my title: What am I - a Trader, Risk manager CIO, CEO, Fund Manager? Perhaps all of that, but in the end I am an entrepreneur.
For career day, I chose not to worry about title, and focused instead on the message I hoped to give. Kids today are much more savvy about what an entrepreneur is (as well as everything else), but they are given very little opportunity to learn about it in the school curriculum - a crying shame. As such I didn't want to scare them off - but perhaps lure them in with the idea of an interesting career in trading before getting to the challenges of running your own business.
Career day got me thinking about my own path. While I identified with the vocation of being a trader while working at large institutional investors, the decision to start my own shop was pure entrepreneurship. It’s no different from someone who starts in a steel yard and ends up running a company or the programmer who develops a more efficient way of communicating, selling or getting a ride.
Since starting Auspice, I’ve realized that being a trader provides a very similar development path to that of an entrepreneur. Both are about managing risk and often making decisions very quickly, dealing with consequences immediately. Yet, while seemingly a perfect setup to being an entrepreneur, the big difference is, once you decide to hang your own shingle, you are forced to make broad decisions in every facet of business. Business development, sales, accounting, marketing, finance, operations – they’re all your responsibility, not just "trading". It doesn't matter what type of business you start - the ability to sell and communicate what you do while building relationships is mission critical. Ideally, you do this while offering something unique and innovative.
However, just because you’re a good trader or steel worker or programmer, there’s no guarantee you’ll be a good business person or entrepreneur. It requires a broad base of skills and the humility to understand what you’re not good at, so you can hire people who bring the experience you lack. Many traders simply aren't cut out to be an entrepreneur.
Going from employee to owner requires extreme commitment and sacrifice. It’s a lifestyle choice for you and your family. Your compensation won't be a straight line - it will be lumpy. Thus, it must be your passion.
The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that while I am a trader, risk manager and CIO, what I am most proud of above everything else- is that I am an entrepreneur.
And here is the personal difference: every time you do business with an entrepreneur as opposed to an institution, an actual personal does a little happy dance and is proud.
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