Entrepreneurship Journey: A-Z (Part 1).
Well hello there!
You are currently in a university or still in high school, and you are thinking about how your future is going to be like.
I get it, as a child, I used to constantly keep questioning myself about my life. I was so curious about my future from the very start. Then I started questioning myself about what I should do and what I should not do.
Maybe you are experiencing the same, constantly asking yourself the same questions about life, that I used to ask myself a long time ago.
Are you going to work for someone, or are you going to create your own business, so you can create jobs for others! Well, both are fine, however, seeking a job in someone else’s business is a great start. But does that mean you should settle for it? Nope, I don’t think so. Always find a way to expand your creativity and go beyond your comfort zone.
What is an Entrepreneurship?
Many people when they hear the word Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurship the first thing that will come to their mind is building a big business. Unfortunately, we will be going on a different direction here. Entrepreneurship is not about building a big business, it is not about getting rich quick, it is not about becoming the best in the world. Here is what entrepreneurship is about.
True Entrepreneurship is all about identifying a problem, and provide a solution to that problem. Entrepreneurs measure their impact on humanity not in likes but in the lives they touch, not in popularity but in the people they serve. Therefore, if you are the kind of person that wants to get rich or successful within a year, I am sorry to tell you that entrepreneurship is not for you.
Becoming an entrepreneur is so easy; you do not have to build the next Uber, or the next Facebook to become an entrepreneur. You just have to look within yourself and ask yourself these questions. What are the things I am unhappy about, in what areas of my life do I need to improve, and how can I provide solution to these problems that are affecting my life? When you get answers to those questions, there you go! You’ve just become an entrepreneur, you’ve just got an idea. Now implement that idea into your life, find a solution to your problems, and if that solution works out for you, if it produces a positive result, my friend you just have to share that with the world and if it works out for people then you can officially call yourself an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is all about providing a solution to human unhappiness.
To the Entrepreneurs
Those with entrepreneurial mindset, I believe it’s a great choice you are about to make that will change your life forever. Right now, you have this great idea, and it is driving you crazy. Your mind is like; “I have to get out there right now, and start working on my idea, you know it’s better to work for myself than to work for someone else”.
If that is what your mind is telling you right now, trust me it might be taking you to the wrong part, just yet. You might be the person that always get the best grade (Grade A) in school, and now you have this great idea, and all you want to do is kick start and lunch your ideal business right away. Do you know its not just the idea that makes up the business? Do you know what you learn from school is far different from the practical work in a business?
To be an entrepreneur you need to know what it takes, the sacrifices you are going to make. This is why you need to learn the skills from someone or somewhere. You need somewhere else to learn, know the ins and outs. You might want to know why it is so important to learn from somewhere else. The answer is simple, if you can handle someone else’s business well that means you can handle yours. In addition, you will get to meet people from different places with different skills and that will be an opportunity to learn from those people. But most especially, making mistakes in a big company may have little or no impact, however, making those mistakes in your startup, may crush it for good.
One thing I want you to know is that every boss was once a worker. No matter how small your position will be (while working for someone) always know that it’s not what you have that makes you great but what you give. Therefore, wherever you are, just give the best you can, and never seek recognition. If you strive for greatness, success will follow you. As the saying goes “The one who works for more than he is paid, will always be paid for more than he worked” So I am saying to you, do not do it for the money but for the experience. Besides, you don’t necessarily have to shut down your startup just because you have to work for someone. Have your startup as a side hustle if possible, and have somewhere else where you can get real experience, and helps you pay your bills. Do not worry about when you should go big, you will know when you are ready.
Lastly, one thing I know about entrepreneurs is that they don’t want to play by other peoples rules, but I have an advice for you, “Play by the rules of the game, until you can create your own game, and only then you can make your own rules”. Go big or go home.
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