A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.
– Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel
Ayn Rand’s philosophy in her seminal classic Atlas Shrugged, in which she compares entrepreneurs to the Greek God Atlas, who supports the world on his shoulders, does ring true. Entrepreneurs function like cogs in the wheel of the economy, keeping it smoothly running. More than anything else though, an entrepreneur is a creator. Like an artist, who starts with a blank canvas and jars of paint, the entrepreneur senses an opportunity, brings together a team and creates his product or solution. Entrepreneurs are innovators, or rather have to be innovators, because constantly creating new ideas, new products, or new processes is an essential part of keeping a business on the upswing.