Entrepreneurs are frequently classified as "businessmen". The connotation of the word tends to be interpreted as someone who is in it for the money and nothing else.
And it is true with a lot of "businessmen". They want to make as much money as possible and that is their only goal. An extreme case may be someone with a weak social and family life, constructing all relationships with only a business end in mind.
But not all of us are that way. Some of us are looking to build long-term projects, to be well-rounded, to impact others in a positive way.
If we take into account the qualities necessary for the successful conduct of any important undertaking,—that it requires special aptitude, promptitude of action on emergencies, capacity for organizing the labours often of large numbers of men, great tact and knowledge of human nature, constant self-culture, and growing experience in the practical affairs of life,—it must, we think, be obvious that the school of business is by no means so narrow as some writers would have us believe.
There are narrow-minded men of business, as there are narrow-minded scientific men, literary men, and legislators; but there are also business men of large and comprehensive minds, capable of action on the very largest scale.
Smiles continues to note famous people in our history whose savvy allowed them to pursue and excel in their respective fields of art and science:
Plato, called the Divine by reason of the excellence of his wisdom, defrayed his travelling expenses in Egypt by the profits derived from the oil which he sold during his journey.
Linnaeus, the great botanist, prosecuted his studies while hammering leather and making shoes.
Shakespeare was a successful manager of a theatre—perhaps priding himself more upon his practical qualities in that capacity than on his writing of plays and poetry.
Baily, the eminent astronomer, was another stockbroker; and Allen, the chemist, was a silk manufacturer.
Next time you are called a businessman or businesswoman, think of Plato and Shakespeare .. understand that there are no limitations to what you can do.