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Friday, August 11, 2006

Can I be an entrepreneur?

I was born intelligent, education ruined me. Might be more truth than falsehood. Ever wondered why a lot of very successful entrepreneurs are actually school/college dropouts? I'm doing my MBA at IIMB and I've been talking courses that deal with entrepreneurship in some form. I've been wanting to be an entrepreneur for a long time... in fact that was one of the primary motivations to do the MBA. I was optimistic, excited to hear about all the success stories, ignored all the unsuccessful stories and knew that someday I would have an "idea" and then turn it into an entrepreneurial venture. Ha ha. How naive.

Today I've studied about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, about creating new ventures, innovations, VCs, business plans, revenue models, growth, funding, equity, yada yada, until I have the stuff growing out my ears. And now suddenly I've grown cold feet. I'm scared to be an entrepreneur.

I'm about to sell out on my dream unless I have more gumption and guts.


Abi said...

It's a pity -- isn't it? -- that too much of 'knowledge' can be so, um, discouraging.

I'm sure you don't need me (or anyone else, for that matter) to tell you that whatever you do, you should first passionately want to do it. The dreams can wait; there will be many tomorrows when you can go after your dreams.

Don't do something with the nagging thought that you sold out on your dream on something else.

I apologize for gratuitous invasion of your space. Hope you don't mind. If you do, please do feel free to delet this comment.

Anonymous said...

madness helps. you have to be mad about it. a successful entrepreneur shares something common with an artiste - an illogical frenzy for what they believe in. the 'how much profit will i get out of it?' comes later.