The only part they told us about entrepreneurship was that we would be our own bosses. They never told us that we would fail many times before we succeed. They never told us that we would work 5 times more than our employees and sometimes make losses in the process. They never told us that this would cripple our credit score. That we will be in debt and owe a lot of people money.
No one said anything about the sleepless nights trying to figure out a way forward. No one told us about the stress and anxiety. No one told us that this will cause conflict between us and our relatives and family members. No one told us that we would be jokes to the society especially when we start changing from one business to another. No one told us that sometimes we will go six months without any income. Zero. Living on the edge and surviving through borrowing money from different people. No one told us that our doors would be shut down due failure to pay rent or staff, they can’t get to work. No one told us we would be hobos at some point. No one told us that our wives, husbands and loved ones would leave us because they will not understand our journey. No one told us that we will have to be more than patient.
That we would make so many mistakes and end up losing a lot of money. That at some point we would have to risk our lives in order to move forward. We had to figure this out all by ourselves, through experience.
Many gave up on the journey. Some died on the journey. But some of us, after going through so much pain, decided that we were going to succeed or die trying . Some of us are never giving up on this no matter what. We are now doing it and very aware of the circumstances.
It’s win or nothing for us and it’s too late to go back now.
We are entrepreneur.
DON’T BE IDLE DO SOMETHING, AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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Author: Prince Kwame Agbata
Prince Kwame Agbata is a 2018 Global Laureate Fellow and YALI Alumni. When he is not presenting a business coaching session at Idea Africa, he serves as the Sanitation Consultant at Coliba Waste Management Company. He lives in Accra Ghana is Ghanaian and loves to describe himself as #Soul Winner # Lover Of God #Tech Consultant #Traveller #Change Maker.