Entrepreneurial Blogs I – Don’t Be Afraid To Dream

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Such a large population and yet so much untapped potential. Amongst us, there are several “could-be” Bill Gates’, Mark Zuckerberg’s, Michael Dell’s or Ben and Jerry’s. But how many of them go on to live up to their promise? For those who try and fail, I respect you. For those who fail, pick yourself up and try again, I respect you even more. But for those who do not even try, despite a desire to try, I encourage you to peruse the paragraphs to follow. And, as you read, remember the words by Zig Zagler – “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win”.

This is the first in a series of many entrepreneurial features to come in the near future, so for those who are interested in sowing your entrepreneurial seeds and harvesting them in time, stay tuned for more. I have included quotes from several established entrepreneurs and luminaries to motivate you as you ascend the entrepreneurial mountain. So, friends, potential entrepreneurs and business-owners, lend me your ears (or your eyes at least) as I commence your entrepreneurial guide.

There are several reasons why so many individuals, with great ideas, great management and technical skills and massive potential in general fail to make the most of these innate or accrued abilities they possess. The reason this saddens me is that they are denying the world of some brilliant innovative products or services due to some really silly reasons. So, to all those with entrepreneurial ambitions, jump right in. And, here I’ll tell you why not to hesitate when you’re taking your initial steps.

Security of steady income is one of the primary reasons why some fantastic ideas, with tremendous potential, fail to ever get planted in the soil (forget harvested). The corporate world, or the rat race as we call it, tends to grab hold of an individual, preventing him or her from ever escaping its clutches. A steady income, added perks and bonuses and the knowledge that you’re going to have a regular pension may be stopping you from becoming a prospective millionaire (if not billionaire).

I am, in no way, demeaning the corporate world. It employs a vast population of the world providing a great standard of living for the people involved. But, for a person with entrepreneurial efforts in his mind and heart, chasing a steady income now will leave you only with “what-ifs” later. This pinches the most when the next guy comes along and achieves success with exactly what you had in mind. There’s no time like now. For those who just cannot leave the moolah coming in every month, chase your dream at least part-time and on weekends. If it’s a success, you can switch to full time commitments.

There’s only so much you can get out of working for money. In general, there is a vast gulf in the quantity and quality of output of an individual working for money and one working for or chasing his passions and dreams, A person who is pursuing his passion and trying to live his dreams will be able to reach the moon. Of course, you may have to start at level 0 all over again. But 20 year old entrepreneur Ben Weissenstein very correctly said – “Everything started as nothing”. To professionals with entrepreneurial visions and hopes – Rid yourself from the corporate clutches and chase your dreams. After all, as long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big (Donald Trump).

Imagine the feeling of setting off on your entrepreneurial endeavor, with the freedom to design and achieve whatever you may wish. Holding the reigns of the ship as it sets of from the pier (inception of your idea) to the arrival at its destination (delivering your idea to the masses). And the joy you feel when people from various demographics are enjoying products/services, all due to your efforts and ideas, in unmatchable. The freedom to chase your passion and accomplish all your dreams and ambitions is an amazing feeling and an the journey of entrepreneurship, in general, is an amazing experience.

Why are so many people afraid to dream? The fear of failure overcomes them. It consumes them. Ultimately, it becomes them. And, they never land up even setting off on their journey for entrepreneurial exploits. Thomas Edison famously said – “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Failure isn’t bad. It isn’t wrong. Everyone fails. And, when I say everyone I mean everyone. Hell, if Donald Trump and Facebook can fail, why can’t we? People fail multiple times. Even the big established firms do. Don’t believe me? – Check out the Google Graveyard and Microsoft Morgue for proof. But, true success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm and plenty of lessons learned. And, your initial failure will help you in future successes. So don’t be afraid to dream big and don’t be afraid to fail.

A ton of potential Steve Jobs’ do not become the next Steve Jobs’ because of one of the most ridiculous reasons I could ever imagine – Sloth! So, for the lazy few – Get off your *ss*s and begin work on your path to success. Do not indulge and do not be inactive. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The rush that comes in with chasing your passion is an orgasm in its own way. Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. So, stop being lazy and start practicing.

I hope I have motivated some fellow entrepreneurship enthusiasts, who have been pushing their dreams away, to get out there and start working towards their goal. I hope to see some of your visions making billions for you and reaching out to the masses in the near or distant future. I leave you with a line from co-founder of World Entrepreneurship Day, Lauren Amarante – “You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done”.