"I wanna be an entrepreneur." That's what I said a couple years ago when I was in early years of undergrad. Yeah right, and see what came next ? I had no gut to become one as I graduated and ended up in corporate 'slavery' at the mercy of capitalist. (wow... harsh comment right?)
That's why I admire people who stayed with their idealism and took the chance to become an entrepreneur. Some became successful, some didn't and ended up like me.. a 'corporate slave'. Well, there's nothing bad about being an employee, really. You can learn so much from these big corporations. Your intellectual capability will be continuously challenged. And the hefty amount of payment for some people was simply irresistable. Above all, the highest temptation of corporate world is the safety, called comfort zone.
I don't mean to say that working for a company has no risk. A person could be fired anytime if economy went bad or he/she blew things up. But still, the risk of starting up own business without the guarantee that it's going to work out is the biggest trait. Some people don't have to past through the awful start up phase coz they're just continuing what their families are doing. That's OK, but not many people were born that lucky, huh? Others were doing the start up, but they're provided the safety net from their beloved families. Though it doesn't moderate the risk, it can disregard the existence of risk.
I had a conversation a couple weeks ago with a friend who started up without any safety net. He just jumped in and took all the chance. It's a point of no return : success or die. As far as I know, he's successful. Two thumbs up, my friend!!
While people like me, who'd been trapped in the comfort zone, taking risk seemed too frightening. I've been accustomed to fixed (or sometimes flexible) working hours, nice seat, provided work, didn't care whether the company could go bankrupt or not because of me (of course not, silly..), paycheck on my account every month, employee benefits, hoping (and thinking hard) that I'm going to reach a top position of the company... What a wonderful world! How could I be able to get out of this comfort zone? Or should I just stay in the corporate track and work hard, hoping someday I could be one of those CEOs (yeah right...CEO??)?
Any advice? Or do you want to share the same experience?