I was always excited to finish school and college, leave behind the boring classrooms to sit at intimidating conference tables over important discussions with serious business folk. Well, I got my wish alright, and it is not as pleasing as I expected.
My first conference room discussion gave me a rush I’ll never be able to forget. The feeling of finally doing something important, for myself and not being anybody else’s employee is ecstatic. I quite enjoyed being treated like an expert (mark my words, I am new to the industry and am so far from perfecting my skill), and heard out when I voiced my opinions (it is certainly a thrill for a youngster who’s a single child).
In a hurry to grow up and be a premature successful entrepreneur, we all lose out on some important lessons, life lessons of course, and some on subjects like business, economics, and industrial psychology. These are lessons that cost us big right at the start of the chase.
You can have a big dream.
You can chase after your big goal.
You cannot however, do it all by yourself.
This is what I learned three months into the chase. I had the skills for marketing, and the creativity to deliver. What I didn’t forsee were the problems you face once the job is done, and the payments are due. The decision to skip a contract and go on good faith, it begins to mock you for your stupidity. The excuses for your ignorance and naivety, fly right out of the window the minute you realize that you have been taken for granted.
In a short while, it all begins to make sense: Why every writer, designer or architect on the street doesn’t have a self-owned startup. Startups need lawyers, accountants, and advisors to make sure the brain behind the idea doesn’t lose it and run for cover. If we all had the time to raise funds for that team, then yes, everyone can have a selfie startup.
to be continued…