Transcript for the #GCC2020 showcase: UTS
Hello Game Changers!
I am so jealous of what you're doing.
I wish I was there. I wish I was doing the sessions that you're doing.
Please enjoy them on my behalf.
I'm Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship for UTS and I'm here today to talk about entrepreneurship and particularly why every single person watching this video should be thinking about themselves as an entrepreneur.
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First, I hate the word, 'entrepreneur'. It's too hard to say and it means too many things to too many people.
Let's put that to the side. Instead I want to talk about my background.
I was in primary school my parents didn't give me pocket money.
Instead they gave me giant water tanks and they said sit on the side of the road and try to sell these water tanks.
Probably a little bit dangerous but it was wonderful because it taught me that if you have a solution to people's problems you can provide this solution to them and turn that into something that ends up making money providing a career, doing wonderful things in a way that you can enjoy a lot as well.
When I was in high school I got the internet.
The internet allowed me to learn to do some other things and develop a new solution more complicated than the water tanks.
I developed a bit of software that was an ad blocking app so it blocked advertising.
And then using the internet we distributed that software, sold it to hundreds of millions of people over 14 years.
This technology had enabled me to develop a solution I couldn't have developed otherwise, and to provide that solution to people around the world that benefited from it.
And this is why you need to be thinking about yourselves as entrepreneurs.
You have these technologies and so much more today that allow you to take what you're developing in these sessions and to not just have a solution but to provide that solution.
You can develop solutions that nobody could develop before that might have required a big company or a big group of people and you can provide those solutions to loads of people around the world as well.
And that's why I'm urging you today to think about what you're doing and yourself potentially being an entrepreneur providing these solutions to the world.
Look around the room that you're in and try and find something that was not created as a result of some kind of entrepreneurship.
It's actually quite hard.
Entrepreneurs shape the world and get a lot of enjoyment and benefits while they do.
They get to work on things that excite them.
They get to solve problems that matter to them, they get to be their own boss, set their own schedule.
It's really a wonderful way of working but people aren't going to go out of their way and make it a normal thing for you.
Entrepreneurship is something that requires you realizing that you want to do it.
And so my call to action for you is to start.
Every great entrepreneur around the world started out being a really terrible entrepreneur.
They didn't know what they were doing, they didn't have all the answers, they didn't have all the resources but they tried, they learned, they gained things over time that made them more able to do it and they become these wonderful entrepreneurs that we look at and aspire to be ourselves.
So in developing the solutions you are, think about, can you take those solutions and make them available to people that need them all around the world and if so, do it.
I won't tell you how, I'll just urge you to please think about doing it.
You can and we need more people doing it.
Again I'm really jealous of what you're doing, enjoy on my behalf and have a great day.
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