Millennials will soon be the largest population group, surpassing 75 million people. Many of you, it seems to me, are overeducated, underemployed, underpaid, and simply unfulfilled. You were told a college degree, funded by large loans, was the yellow brick road. Yes, being a barista, an Uber driver, a perennial student, or having three part-time jobs, can allow you to survive. But surely life can, and must, offer more.
I meet many people who are seeking meaning and fulfillment in all aspects of their lives, willing to give up “job security” for the possibility of following their passion. I suspect many of you feel this way too. You have a sense of adventure and you like to travel. You love experiencing food, music, and ideas from a plethora of cultures. You have the talent and enthusiasm to collaborate with people from every corner of the globe, the capacity to influence customers through social media and the ability to deliver goods speedily and inexpensively, all of which give rise to many opportunities. If anything, the array of choices is overwhelming. The first line from A Tale of Two Cities capture this dichotomy perfectly: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
If all these trends are pointing towards entrepreneurship, why aren’t we all rushing to the promised land of entrepreneurship? Why are you still wondering? Why haven’t you jumped into the fray?
The most likely reason is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of risk. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of not being creative enough. Fear that your idea will be laughed at. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of losing what you currently have. Fear of fear.
Are you the only one with this fear? No, this is called the human condition. If you take the plunge, is success assured? Of course not. No one can guarantee success. But factors such as hard work, commitment, vision, discipline, and an intense desire to create something do increase the probability of success.
Our goal, on this blog is simple: To help 50 or 100 or 1000 entrepreneurs get off the ground.
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