Many of us jettisoned into entrepreneurship, not because we wanted to, but rather because we had no other choice… it became a necessity and a means of survival in the economic jungle of the time.
The economic down turn of the past two years, for instance, has created a tsunami of unemployment of unimaginable propitiation of lay-offs, downsizing, redundancies that translated millions of people worldwide losing their jobs.
Now those with marketable skills, instead of sitting down and moping, set about freelancing their skills or hanging out their own shingle. Those without marketable skills also found enterprising ways to start various businesses – buying and selling the easiest of the lot. As a result, you got people selling out of the trunk of their cars; while others got into various network marketing opportunities.
I, for example, was also a victim of the times. However, instead of sitting around and join sour grapes squeezing parade, I went about setting up my internet-based public relations consultancy, Whyte-Hall Communications. Now, I am not going to tell you that it has been a bed of roses ever since. There have been many challenges, hurdles, and obstacle courses – more than I encounteredt in my training as a soldier back in 1978. But if I keep at it, just as I stuck it out in my military training, I will soon be cruising lazily along the entrepreneurial highway.
Notwithstanding, there are people who will refuse to take your calls, throw away your sales letters, delete your emails, and the advertisement you spent so much on failed to get the desired results. Even those dear and most close to you will tell you to give it up and go get a job somewhere. My advice to you is never to give up. If you do, you’d have accepted failure as an option.
In fact, the next time someone tells you to “give up your entrepreneurial dream,” remember the following predictions:
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recordings Co., Rejecting The Beetles, 1962.
“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” – Charles H. Duel, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communications. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union Internal Memo, 1876.
As the saying goes, “The rest is history!”
Hang in there my fellow entrepreneurs. Your day is coming, and eventually, you entrepreneurial dream will become reality, and eventually, history.
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