Recently, I was involved in discussion. A young blogger wanted to know if he should make blogging as his new career option instead of the uninteresting corporate job.
The responses ranged from the really moderate like “It is a tough world” to rather extreme “How will you buy a house?” to really extreme “How are you going to feed your family?”. I am sure the guy was around five to six years away from getting married and about ten years from having his first kid ( based on calculation based on current society trends).
The interesting part was that there were not many positive voices. It seems that a lot of people had burned themselves in blogging and entrepreneurship and thus were unwilling to offer much positive. All they said was “You are not going to make a lot of money for a very long time”.
It is indeed true unless you are funded by hotshots moneybags, you as a boot-strapper will take a long time to make any kind of money. You would see people blowing trumpets as how much millions they made and if that kind of depress you, remember that most of these stories are still to be verified.
An entrepreneur like everyone else wants to make money and to live a happy, stress free life. However he/she gets a slightly higher dose of stress because of uncertainties and failures. So he becomes cynical and start preaching pessimistic things to people around him.
A noted philosopher from India, Swami Vivekananda once said and I quote here
Take Risks In Your Life. If You Win, You Can Lead. If You Lose, You Can Guide
When I quit my job, I had to contend with many a disbelieving faces. But thankfully these days entrepreneurship is far common than just three to four years back.
I only wondered if the entrepreneurs who were advising the newbie the right thing. They were more cautious than optimistic. Sometime we need to set the sail in unknown waters to find new lands. Sometimes we have to take the beaten path which has seen many casualties to see the light at the end of tunnel. Always guide aspiring entrepreneurs and risk takers to the right path but never discourage them.