Excuses Potential Entrepreneurs Make – PART I. Rabison Shumba
From a guest author today…..
This week’s article is by Rabison Shumba, my guest on this blog today. Rabison is a great motivational speaker, author and colleague. This article has been long coming and I am hoping that you will see it for the motivational gem it is. Be inspired and may it move you so that you change how you do and view issues.
Please leave comments and be expectant of Part Two. As usual, I want to emphasize that you have so much greatness in you, and I am here to help you get to the next level. For this reason I will spare time to write you and search for great authors like Rabison to motivate you. Read, reflect and let’s chat.
To your success,
Starting and running your own business has never been an easy road. It is a leap of faith, hope and believing in your dream that it will one day blossom. Building a company is similar to what a farmer goes through. He has time to prepare the land, Plan the appropriate seed, Plant, Pluck out weeds and hoping for a big harvest. This keeps the farmer going. Year in and year out he/she risks all the seed and finance available because they are convinced that a good harvest is coming someday. Implementing your dream is usually riddled with many excuses. Many fail to even start rolling out their dreams because they can intellectually articulate how impossible it is not to implement it. They talk themselves out of the dream long enough to believe that is not possible. If ever they get to begin implementing the dream, they are so eager to harvest to the point that discouragement gets the better of them as the dream seems to need a lot of incubation and further effort and taking more risks. It is for that reason that most people would rather work for others for the rest of their lives even though they are pregnant with possibility, full of ideas and passionate about the dream they carry. Your dream needs you. It needs your time, your thought processes and intellectual capacity, capital investment, your passion and drive and your resilience when it seems to suffer from stunted growth, malnutrition and possible extinction. Partner with your own dream. You conceived it. You saw it possible at one point. The dream grew in you. Now therefore, let no one separate you and your aspirations by telling you 101 reasons why it won’t happen.
Common excuses dreamers make:
1. I am too young or too old to dream – I am amazed at young boys who started dreaming in their teenage and early adulthood and became billionaires. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at age 23, Bill gates started his now billion dollar business at age 20. Many examples come to mind. You are never too young or too old to dream. It is never too late. There are successful companies that were birthed by pensioners. Why not? You have a legacy to leave behind. The fact that you consider you not fit to work normal shifts does not disqualify you from birthing ideas, using your mind that now has 60+ years of experiencing different waves and tides in economies. Document that dream so that those who are able bodied will run with it. Your own children can pick up from where you left off and create a generational legacy. After all, age is nothing but a number, the old song went
2. I don’t have the money to get off the ground – Money should never be used as an excuse as to why the dream remains dormant or totally lost. Your role is to dream and have vision. Provision attaches itself to Vision. If you are bold enough about your dream, if you have the conviction, if you are passionate and sold-out enough then money will come your way. Bankers will not support your half-baked dream which seeks to just en-rich you with no sustainability in it. Even a donor is always concerned about dreams that seek to empower the owner and his clan only. The truth is you will surely benefit from your dream but your desperation for the startup capital should not be riddled with the loudness of your personal needs. Start small. A prototype will give birth to more and so on. I know of people who started off with $20. Baked a few doughnuts and sold them. They were disciplined with the little and now have chains of bakeries.
3. I am not that educated and experienced enough – Education is important. I am one person who loves to see people empowered in their areas of passion for full potential to manifest. However, lack of a degree did not stop Bill Gates from birthing the billions he speaks of today. He actually dropped out of school. I am not advocating that people should abort their university education, no. You do not necessarily need a degree to dream. Some actors, sports persons, graphics designers etc. are wealthy today and were never academically gifted. Your dream can well be germinating during your university studies because you will learn more as you roll your business out. We have different privileges, and destiny blue prints. Take on yours and run.
4. Someone else out there has the same dream – You may not be the one who invented light bulbs but surely you can ride on that dream and produce a light bulb that is so economic that it can be lit using the smallest battery. You may not have a unique fresh, out of the box kind of dream but certainly you have the right to be different. The more flavors there are, the better. Grant mankind more options, more choices, more value coming out of competition in pricing. If your dream breaks monopolies then it is the right kind of dream. Bring it on. It is your kind of dream manifestation that we have been waiting for.
5. My country’s economy is not viable and conducive for my dream – This is a very common excuse that many people make. Yes the issues of viability are important to take into consideration but many hide behind this veil. The fact that Zimbabwe was in economic turmoil and is still grappling with the effects of economic decay did not stop dreamers from implementing their dreams. In fact, at one point almost everyone had to trade in something. You had to be selling a few things on the side to generate the much-needed cash. Was the economy viable? No, it wasn’t. Did people die for lack of cash? Not even. Many made thousands upon thousands simply by adapting their dreams to the environment. They diversified into other cash generating businesses to sustain the big dreams. With every obstacle, there is a way of escape. There is something you still can do to keep the dream momentum going. Make the best out of the seemingly dry economy. Start in your own space and grow from there.
Part 2 coming……