Entrepreneurship is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute and building one on the way down. It’s scary but extremely exciting at the same time too. There are ups and there are of course the downs. There’s probably more down times but of course, when you win, it makes all the difference.
So why don’t people start a business? Basically no one taught people at an early age how to become an entrepreneur. The school system teaches people how to become employees but never to become an entrepreneur. What’s most sad about this is that when someone tries to become an entrepreneur, they are ridiculed and put down.
Meanwhile, entrepreneurship is the requirement for creating jobs. Entrepreneurs make things happen and they hire people to move projects forward. It takes tremendous courage to exit the corporate world and start your own business.
You’re faced with criticism, doubt, rejection and the need to earn income and survive. Yet these people still rise above it all and do it. They are the true heroes of society.
I’ve been both an entrepreneur and a corporate employee. Both have their perks and set backs. However I’ll always love being an entrepreneur for it gives you tremendous freedom to do what you want and create what you want. With being a corporate employee, you earn consistent income and not worry about paying bills. It’s pure financial benefit. However if you choose the wrong job, it can be your worst nightmare.
Working with people who gossip all day, people who undermine your ideas, not work together as a team and share ideas and plain assholes isn’t a nice picture in the corporate world. I believe that life is truly short and if you’re miserable in your job, even if you’re earning a high salary, consider this. If you’ve been looking in the mirror for too long and you’re not happy with where you are, change. Get out. Find something else to do or start your own business.
A year goes by like a blink of an eye. Pretty soon it’s 10 years and then 20. A few more blinks and then it’s over. I can’t believe how fast 10 years has gone by and what has happened. If I could do things differently, I would of focused long term on one venture on the side and build it up while I chase other other things.
Still Thinking of Becoming An Entrepreneur?
So if you’re sitting on the sidelines and thinking of starting your own business full time. I say make sure you have at least 6 – 12 months of savings from your corporate gig. You need that extra head space to make things work. It really takes time to build things and I say, don’t be afraid of crashing and burning. Look at how short your life is and it isn’t the things you did that you regret, it’s the things you didn’t do.
I think entrepreneurship is a true test of what you’re made of. I’ve met a lot of employees who have never started a business before and employees who have. You can easily tell that the employees who have never had business experience lack the courage and determination it takes when you run your own business.
There’s something about entrepreneurship that makes you grow a pair. You will come across so many problems and adversity, you build absolute confidence in yourself during the tough times. I’ve seen so many people crash and burn but they somehow get back up and learn from the experience and conquer once again.
You never know what will happen in future. Just as long as you position yourself in the path of success, someone, somewhere will believe in what you do and give you a phone call that could give you the break you deserve.
Just do it.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.