Recently I let go of my email, ignored my voicemails and caught the entrepreneurship bug. When it comes to working faster, smarter, and leaner, we can all benefit from entrepreneurs.

Here are four lessons I’ve learned. 

1. Get Involved - Entrepreneurs are Everywhere

Entrepreneurial communities exist everywhere from Fargo to Shanghai to Gaza to Sao Paulo.  Events, meet-ups, and educational programs in this space are everywhere and they don’t just focus on technology.

These communities are powering innovation around things like education, finance, fashion, music, government and manufacturing. Entrepreneurs are improving the world one idea at a time, and there’s plenty of room to get involved.

2. Collaborate – Because We’re Better Together

Network by sharing, helping and learning about each other’s challenges. Ask questions, dig deep and get to know each other on a personal level. Openly share ideas about projects and businesses you are working on. There are no silos or secrets within these communities. They look at their challenges as opportunities that another entrepreneur can help them solve and they openly welcome the support.

We can all improve by being more willing to work together. 

3. Act – Stop Talking and Start Doing

Stop talking and start doing.”  
“Do More.”
“Go do something about it.”

This “do” attitude is something that is ingrained into entrepreneur’s daily routines. If they have an idea, they act. They build it. They test it. They figure out what is wrong with it. Then they build it again. They are lean, and they are fast. Learning is driven by this “Do” philosophy and it is incredibly powerful to witness in action.

4. “If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together”

This African proverb perfectly sums up the relational thinking of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs I’ve met are focused more on building long term, win-win relationships within their communities and less on being solely goal-oriented. They act, shape, think and dream all moving together in the same direction. They are focused on changing the world through entrepreneurship, together.

Kevin Burke is Senior Brand Manager of Glaceau, Coca-Cola USA.