The Hazardous Journey
Many have wondered why would anyone take on the mantle of the entrepreneur a delve into the risky waters and start up a dream. The hazards are a plenty and the chances of success are low. So why is the siren’s call so effective in drawing people into the water.
It can’t be the wages or the perks. Many businesses fail in their first years. Maybe, it must do with the unlimited potential one may achieve if they could get a foothold. Even further is the job security you build as a business owner. As a regular employee, your whole finical security is held by one party. If one day that party does not want, you around the myth of your job security is shattered. Even worse is if your world is turned upside down by the incompetence or illogical thinking of one manager.
I propose that the only true job security you may have is what you build yourself. For instance, if you run a small business and have five clients if one of your clients decides to go another direction it may hurt but your life is not turned upside down. You still have four other streams of revenue. Thus, the damage is diminished.
It is rumored that Ernest Shackleton posted the following ad to solicit a crew for his expedition to the Antarctic.
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success.”
This is not the most attractive job offer. Why would anyone sign up? I believe it must do with the honor and recognition that comes with success. One of my college professors beat the following idea into my head. “Money does not motivate,”-Ralph K. Little. As humans, we crave recognition and love. A little goes along ways.
“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -- Helen Keller
The great George Bernard Shaw said, “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?”
Those who have Entrepreneurial bug question everything and constantly look at improving the world. We crave chaos and look to break procedures and rules.
I will leave you with one last quote that happens to be my favorite.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –Theodore RooseveltAn entrepreneur will not back away from a hazardous or risky proposition. If they can see a dream and a goal they will wade through the rapids and get the prize. It is in their blood and the siren’s call is hard to resist.