You are never an entrepreneur all through out. The characteristics of entrepreneurship have phases: the phase of courage, the phase of looking at something which no one has dared to explore, the phase of blowing that energy out to the world. Once these, things are out there and the idea is shared – then, is business formed.
I was going through this article, which talks about how entrepreneurship has taken a form of fashion in the minds of young aspiring career seekers. It sounds cool to say – “I am an entrepreneur – starting my business”. The fact is, entrepreneurs are like jogis. They feel there’s nothing to lose, nothing to gain – and they go around asking people to be a part of their idea. Being an entrepreneur is not cool at all, it requires moments of perseverance, it requires a thought that dominates all external pressures, and the willingness to sacrifice. After all of this, when an entrepreneur witnesses his business take shape and the business moving into a direction another strange thing happens, he asks to himself – “What now?”
From experience, I would say entrepreneurs usually have what I call “the great wall of china” ahead of them at various steps. In most of the times, these walls are built by their near and dear ones. And in other cases it’s the established businessmen from the same industry. I had both these groups building walls for me. On the positive front, and in that very journey, you will also have a few crazy ones around you who feel part of the same world you belong. Now, it is this time you consider the most valuable and realize that you have already set out to achieve your goals and transform your idea into being – no matter what the hindrances.
As many of us here, have had the privilege to attend universities in the west, see the differences between our country and the ones that are developing and most developed. With this experience and while we are here, something doesn’t allow us to be content with a normal 9 to 5 job. There is always this heroic monster behind our heads telling us that there is something more than just that and with this thought our adventure begins.
Getting on to reality – even with the best and kindest ideas we have, I would say it is still not easy here. It isn’t easy not because there are big giants out there in the field, it isn’t easy because most of our people here are not willing to understand, willing to grow. Now, this is one of the most difficult challenges in our country for anything we might want to do. Our jobs as starters here is to stand wiser than them, respectfully understand where they come from and why it doesn’t help them to follow through with our idea. The only answer for us would be to have it done through actions and have people, see it in form of visual aid or papers.
Everyone is a good talker here, they are a genius with a glass of drink and some fools surrounding them to make them feel their words are substantial. We need to listen to do-ers, we need to listen to people whose work haven’t yet been recognized. Most people hide their good work and achievements from the fear of some social stigma or of the fear of under-performing the same in future. Here in Nepal, in order to succeed, your work needs to be transformed to awareness.
While you set out on your venture, there will be times when you will have some so called established ones trying to knock you off giving you the feeling of he being the boss. He really isn’t any boss. You are the boss of your own ideas and confidence. If he has gone through the same hardship as you he will take you on board and be willing to hear you, otherwise, he is only a show-piece out there who need not be attended to. Understand that you are the leader here and your future is what you create. Not what others try make of it.
The article is written by Deewaker Piya. He is founder of Chlorofuel & Cycle Nine – divisions of Green & Green.
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