You all out there think you know an entrepreneur’s life, I see so many damn blogs every day about entrepreneurs, their lifestyle, their flaws, their attitudes and personality traits blah blah blah.
Now that is the conversation I want to be having or be a part of. And yes, I mean all those who have a Harvard, Oxford or other background where more often you are privileged to be at the right place, more often recognised and backed at several if not all stages of your entrepreneur life… you guys and gals are not true entrepreneurs sorry to break the news, you are all in the right place at the right time with the right backgrounds, if you know what i mean!!
Well yes you may have a super successful business and lifestyle but it comes with a lot of help. No offence, I have nothing against those entrepreneurs who were born in the right families etc. But I do want some focus directed on the other entrepreneurs — who I call true ones. Because they are the ones that do not have a privileged lifestyle. They are the ones that go through the hustles of life and businesses all day long without any support in many cases.
Yes, all entrepreneurs go through more or less the same stages of challenges from startups to SMEs to making their businesses global. But it’s the difference between entrepreneurs that have plenty of help all along the way and then the one’s that have to muster at least 10 times more courage and preparedness that they will not get all the help they need or deserve. It’s these true entrepreneurs that really need light shown upon, they may not get to success they deserve as fast but they sure get there too.
These true entrepreneurs have a lot more passion, drive, and determination. They face numbness, and longer, I mean extremely longer hours, they have to make more sacrifices for their passions, and on a lighter note they can get ill too but they still don’t have time to fall ill and so they keep going. These true entrepreneurs get millions of set back because they didn’t have certain networks and similar privileges. Every defeat to them is a huge lesson learnt and monumental in shaping their attitudes, personality and business decisions.
But these are also some of the most humble people I have known, some of the most direct, honest and respectable individuals. They have an enormous strength of character and attitude that help them bounce back in lightening speed, they are truly adventurous and dive deep into their passions. Being a true entrepreneur is not sexy at all if you are someone who is this true entrepreneur i describe — you know your daily struggles, determination and effort it takes to stay on your feet from empty pockets to sleepless nights.
So to all true enterprenuers out there with a mission in your lives — i know how hard you work everyday and night, i know how much you grind, and i know it is not sexy at all; because I am one of you. It’s about time we pat ourselves on the back, the irony though is that if you are anything like me you will not pat yourself on your back just yet but you are smiling inside — knowing you are getting closer.
I would welcome thoughts and feedback from all entrepreneurs, of course, the intention was not to slate or be harsh at the entrepreneurs that have privileges, on the contrary it was to highlight the true entrepreneurs that don’t have the same privileges and yet make it to great heights. Thanks for contributing!