22 October 2014
I remember working for a corporation like it was yesterday – the strange (or so it seemed to me) hierarchy and the restrictive bureaucracy. Don’t get me wrong, it had its strengths and there were elements of it that I enjoyed, yet for me, a creative with a head full of off-the-wall ideas, it never really felt like home.
I remember the disappointment when someone close to me told me I’d found my calling there, when I knew I hadn’t; when they told me I was never cut out for being an entrepreneur. It was a well-meant comment and actually, if you think about it, it served me well, as it pushed me to pursue my own dreams, rather than helping to build somebody else’s.
American inventor Lori Greiner once said: “Entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks”. I think this is a sentiment most entrepreneurs can relate to. When you have an idea that you’re determined to bring to life, all of the long days, sleepless nights and scary bank balances are worth it because it’s so exciting and terrifying in equal measure!
Entrepreneurialism isn’t for everybody. That doesn’t mean it’s somehow better than working for someone else; far from it. It’s unreliable, it’s full of ups and downs and it’s unlikely to pay off for a good few years. For many people, this makes it a pretty undesirable prospect, especially if you already love the company you work for. If you’re an entrepreneur, however, the crazy hours and countless espressos are worth every second for the chance to bring your ideas to life.