William Braxton Irvine (The middle naWhen we’re in college, the class is generally divided into some sort of an equal half- one that aspires to grab the first best job that pays well and that enables repaying student loan, the other belonging to those students who abhor the shackles of a job and dare to be an entrepreneur.
Originally Published : 2019
Genre(s) :-Fiction, Self-Help, Entrepreneurship, Business
More often than not, several members from the second half have to take up a job before they can set out on their own. me helps to distinguish between the other famous personality of the same name, albeit of another era), is a philosopher who has lived a life of a gypsy, both as a learner and as a teacher. So you have a philosopher who keeps changing base often and yet remains grounded in his core, that leaves you with some amazing insights about the good life.
This is because entrepreneurship is not as easy a proposition as it sounds, not so if you don’t have three things in hand:
- A great idea
- A proper business plan
- Adequate financial support at home
Steve Glavesky’s Employee to Entrepreneur is a journey of a person aiming to be one, that teaches you ‘how to earn your freedom and do work that matters’ (also the tagline of the book). Based in Melbourne (Australia), Glavesky is the CEO of Collective Campus, a corporate innovation and startup accelerator. He and his team help corporations around the world find the methods, tools and mindset to chart the unknown territory in the new era of rapid change. That makes it all the more relevant in these uncertain times.
The book begins by tracing how once considered crude ideas like Facebook or Uber turned out to be super successful and profitable today. Businesses today are ballooning faster than you can imagine. Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we do business. Today’s organizations are plagued by overplanning, meetings, politics, outsources accountability and paralysis by analysis. But real business thrives on uncertainty. If everything is certain, or you wait till everything is, everyone else is also seeing it just like you do. You need to take more risks to earn more.
Why Entrepreneurship is a state of mind
More and more people are finding themselves in roles that don’t excite them. That’s why people are seeking purpose over profit. There is, however, never the right time to take the leap of faith. The average age of most successful startup founders was 45. Even less. The time when you feel confident enough about your idea is the right time, perhaps.
Too many times, we keep trying to be an entrepreneur by toying with business ideas that could generate profits. Entrepreneurship is built on passion, by collecting the dots before you connect them. Also, Glavesky eggs you to learn that entrepreneurship requires a mindset of accepting success and failure as inseparables. It takes a growth mindset to become successful.
Where to collect the dots, but?
They are everywhere. In books that you must read from childhood. Podcasts and audio books, blogs, travels, news and meeting interesting people. Breaking out of your comfort zone helps as do attending conferences and meetups. All said and done, one must be intentional in whatever we are doing.
Glavesky asks one question that shocks you: Are you miserably comfortable? Why do people work in jobs then? Or any work for that matter? He outlines the Five F method to answer the reasons behind this:
- Financial Independence
- Family and Friends
Now aligning your purpose (the WHY) with the way ahead (the WHAT) is important. It takes some amount of planning to start a business, but too much time spent in thinking takes away the steam out of it. He quotes Seenca who said ‘It’s not the man who has little but he who craves more who is poor’. Amazingly, Glavesky does everything possible to tell you why and when not to decide to be an entrepreneur. He urges you to check if it’s just job monotony, role fatigue, try changing jobs, sectors, try finding a better role, change your mindset, add new skills that can help you in your current job, try everything before you are sure that you want to be an entrepreneur.
Once done, Glavesky touches upon several aspects that are crucial to being an entrepreneur and a successful one at that!
- Entrepreneurship is a state of mind that allows you to take the leap of faith with passion.
- Inspiration without action is pure entertainment
- Check out if you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur with all its pitfalls
- If you’re sure about your purpose and know how you’re going to tread ahead, go on.
Why I recommend this book
Too many people harbor the dream of leaving their job and being an entrepreneur. Not all are successful. Not because they didn’t have a great idea but because they lacked in passion. It’s going to be a bumper season of entrepreneurs in the days to come after the pandemic ends. Those who lost jobs, those who felt the urge and those who are really passionate (who would anyways be one).
I recommend all of them read this book first and know for themselves if they have it in them. Only then take the first step.
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