It’s the entrepreneur’s twin sister.
They’re very similar, but instead of striking out on their own to make a change (like the entrepreneur), the intrapreneur usually creates change from the inside.
Where the entrepreneur travels into a remote forest and builds a cabin, the intrapreneur finds an old shack and renovates it.
While they can arrive at the same conclusion, they often take a slightly different route to get there.
The beauty of intrapreneurship is that it doesn’t necessarily require major life changes and it can be lived right where you are — whether that’s the college, the cubicle, or the café.
It begins by simply owning the thing that you are a part of.
The entrepreneur owns their dream of starting something new, they take responsibility for it, and they put in the work.
The intrapreneur owns their dream of developing — sometimes reforming and, at times, completely re-founding — the thing that they are a part of. They take responsibility for their role and they put in the work.
Sometimes the intrapreneur is the leader, sometimes they’re not.
This of course requires that the intrapreneur is a team player who is trusted by the decision-maker(s) as being someone who has the organization’s best interest in mind. If they are the decision maker, all the better.
Where an entrepreneur creates a new community, an intrapreneur works to positively change a community — at times re-creating a community.
Sometimes these changes are small, but true intrapreneurship often makes systemic changes that lead to the thing becoming a more full, healthy, and relevant version of itself.
Not everyone is an intrapreneur.
But, maybe you are…
If you’re interested in entrepreneurship but don’t want to strike out on your own, why not become an intrapreneur?
Sitting at the secretary’s desk? It’s okay, intrapreneur. You can still own the business like you’re the CEO.
You don’t have to wait. You can make a significant difference right now by living — or working — with the intentionality of an intrapreneur right where you are.
Own the thing, serve the thing, make it better for other people, and have fun doing it.
Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.
This is Dose #124.