There are entrepreneurs that are visionaries, but also there are entrepreneurs that are opportunists. Who of them will be more successful entrepreneurs?
In the theory, there is too much different thinking’s about is it better entrepreneurs to be opportunists or not. Certainly, one of the entrepreneurial characteristics is finding different opportunities, but remember that these opportunities should be used. Why would somebody seek to find an opportunity if he does not use it? More on this you can read in Entrepreneurial Success Factors.
Because of that, in this post I would like briefly to make a distinction between entrepreneurs who are opportunists and visionaries.
What is an entrepreneur opportunist? I like to start with defining or profiling entrepreneurs who are opportunists.
Let’s see first what is opportunism. In Wikipedia the definition about opportunism is:
Opportunism is the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles.
Some better definition is given in the Oxford Dictionary where it is stated that:
Opportunism is the practice of looking for and using opportunities to gain an advantage for oneself, without considering if this is fair or right.
According to these definitions we can conclude that:
Entrepreneur opportunist is person who seeks opportunities to selfish utilize them without fair or right behavior.
At first it seems that for entrepreneurs this is good, because they are persons who has a business that exists on the market which is a battle where ethics and moral in this fight is not used.
Entrepreneur opportunist look for opportunities where nobody previously has found something, and they don’t think about correctness or rightness of that seeking. They do not think if it would be really successful.
The reason why opportunistic entrepreneurs that opportunity is improving only their own lives and nobody else’s life.
Let’s see what are entrepreneurs visionary? First a visionary is a person with vision or power to look in the future and who know what will happen in that future. Secondly, visionaries see possibilities, not by making something different from everyone else but making exactly that same thing. However, the difference is that they are doing that same thing differently from everyone else.
Entrepreneurs visionary are people who follow what’s happening around them and simply find hot opportunities in which they enter. They are willing to take action about that opportunity. All of that opportunities is the same opportunities in which too many people entering in the same time. But, only one is better than all other – Visionaries.
They do not start a business in the opportunity that they find only to improve their own lives. They start a business to improve lives of their customer, and if they succeed in this improvement, they will also improve their own lives. I’ve already written about How to Make Business Life Much Easier.
Difference Between Entrepreneur Visionary and Opportunist
- Opportunists are only opportunity seekers, while entrepreneur visionaries are persons who recognizes the real opportunity. Therefore, opportunist often ends with the eternal seeking the possibility that will never find, while visionary quickly finds and uses that opportunity.
- Entrepreneur opportunist is selfish and it only requires an opportunity for their own success, while entrepreneur visionary is considering the possibility through the prism of a potential customer, i.e. how to improve the lives of the potential customer. And of course, improving the lives of the potential customer will improve their own lives.
So just follow what happens in your environment. Find a place where everyone is included, but look through the prism of potential customers and their problems. Solve that problems better, faster and better than everyone else and success will be guaranteed.