Real entrepreneurship is about making an impact

by Ashvini on April 9, 2013 · 7 comments

in Entrepreneurship,My Personal Thoughts

Once I played an April fools prank on my Facebook friends. I told them that I had won a high worth contract because of my blog. I have many blogger friends and no one even took the bait. As a result the prank fell flat.

The reason for pessimism was obvious. Not many bloggers make money from blogging. And then there are those who blindly follow what other successful bloggers are doing. Most of them end up nowhere. Thus, many of them quit soon.

It is important to have ambition and it is important to see them through. Often the motivation of young bloggers is to make enough money that helps them become independent and that they do not need to ask money from their parents.

However noble is the aim, making money as the sole criteria for your success is bound to lead to failure. A family I know is going to start their own business. They are already dreaming about the riches. Nothing wrong with that but rarely people become rich and famous in a few years.  Most often, the rich had to work for years before they got somewhere. The famous had to continually build their image before they became famous. True entrepreneurs always struggle and they are aware of it.

There will be other voices too, telling that it is indeed possible to become rich if we employ right methods. Yes we can but I cannot imagine if everyone becomes rich then how will we define rich and poor. If some method has made someone rich, it cannot work for everyone. Property prices often rise when economy is doing great. But they fall like dead ducks when things go bad. In that case people who did not sell at right time are the biggest losers. It has got nothing to do with intelligence or prophecy. It is just plain luck that someone has got it right and others did not. More : read Black Swan by Nicholas Taleb.

Entrepreneurship is more about discovery than the fixed step. If you wish to start a factory , you would take steps 1 , 2 , 3 etc. If you wish to make profit out of it, you will have to be innovative. So you need to take steps 1,4,2,3 or in any other order. You cannot pre-decide the order of steps. You will learn as you go and something might click.

Entrepreneurship is about trying the solutions that work to enhance your impact. Constrained by money you can only think very small even though you might have a larger potential. Create great stuff consistently and surely money and fame are going to come your way. Create your own path. Learn from others but don’t do a slave like copy.

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Mark May 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Thank you Ashvini!

For telling it like it is! Even though for the most part, your message may indeed fall on death ears!

Or be ignored altogether, especially by those that need to hear it most!

Still in all it definitely take guts and courage and leadership to present the truth.

And your powerful insight about “how” if you are temporarily constrained for money! You can’t or will find it so much harder to see or realize your true potential!

Thank you so much for your help insights!

Matthew Mancino April 15, 2013 at 4:32 am

Thanks for this post. The part I enjoyed the most was what you said about entrepreneurship being about discovery. I agree with that to the extent that people discover a lot about themselves in the process of making a business work and that people can engage their own creativity which is for most people a process of discovery.

Do you think that opportunities like franchising or network marketing aren’t entrepreneurial endeavors becuase the path is completely laid out for people?

Lori Gosselin April 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hi Ashvini,
So true so true! We need to blaze our own paths and we can’t make money the goal. Yes, as Sonia said, we all need to make money to justify the time we put into blogging – or do we?
I’ve found that if I just enjoy my blog, treat it as a hobby while still maintaining my original goals (just not worrying about them or checking on them regularly) but have fun, well it’s way more ——fun!
Besides, as they say Rome wasn’t built in a day. If what they say is correct about it taking about 10 years to get a regular business off the ground then imagine how long it will take to profit from blogging! In ten years how many of us will still be here? We’re an instant-gratification people. We’ve got to STOP that ;-)
Lori

Ashvini Kumar Saxena April 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hi Lori,
The comment itself shows how much fun you are having while blogging. It may take a lot of time to build any business. I have seen people working for years and then suddenly making their mark, just like Adrienne said.
It is hard work but yes making money as the only goal really reduce the effectiveness of enjoyment we can get from things we like doing :)

Sonia April 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

I had a chat with a friend online a week ago and one of the things he mentioned was his struggle to make money online. He followed the popular bloggers, paid for their expensive courses and did what he thought was needed to succeed. I had told him months prior to listen to his heart and do his own thing, but he felt that if he followed the methods of those that made money he would get the same reward too.

When I spoke with him weeks ago, he was dejected and frustrated over everything. Ready to throw in the towel and was feeling the pressure to make something happen. I told him, when money is the focus it clouds our minds to take whatever the best information is in front of it and it must be right. I listened and followed tons of bloggers when I started out, but at the end of the day, I always used common sense when it came using my head.

For bloggers like Darren Rowse, people forget that he was blogging, before blogging became popular. He had years on everyone and set the tone for blogging, marketing and what it is today. He did it and he made it. Anyone starting the next day was going to have an uphill battle and if they thought riches were going to come in a months time, they gave up years ago.

When I redesigned my blog it came out of frustration with my message and what direction I wanted to take my blog in. Do I want to make money? Hell yeah, and I would be lying if I said otherwise, but I didn’t make it about that in the beginning. I didn’t know anything and I was learning, but I made tons of mistakes trying to make money later. There was no direction and I didn’t get it. I saw tons of videos, bought lots of eBooks and attended tons of webinars. I thought I was dizzy after it all, but at the end of the day, you still have to blaze your own trail. That’s has been my mantra lately for myself, but it is something I truly believe.

People have to just be themselves and stop trying to be or sound like another popular blogger. If we all sound like one another what sense does that make? For instance, when I read your posts, they aren’t like other posts I see all the time. They have a different perspective and true meaning. You blog isn’t loaded with “list” posts and you speak from experience. It’s why when I comment I have allot to say and its why I consider you a dear friend.

You were with me when I started out and those people I remember and continue to network with still. Life happens, but when we focus on friendships and care for helping others, is when you can start making the money you hoped for. As usual, me just rambling. Great post Ash1

Ashvini Kumar Saxena April 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi Sonia,

Your ramblings ( lol ) are bigger than my blog post :D and I kind of like that :).
Thank you for telling me that you like my blog post. I have really stopped worrying about money and I write because it impacts many people. They tell me privately and on group forums how much they like reading my posts. It gives an enormous amount of satisfaction to me. I plan to start services to help small business owners when they get stuck on something I can help with.
People often get a single point agenda i.e. making money. Then they get into a mode which makes them hurry up. In the end they forget that they got into blogging to meet people, make friends and probably start a “real” business using the support from their blogs.
I love the way you have recharged your blog and I will as always be visiting there.

Thank you for such an awesome comment :).

Adrienne April 10, 2013 at 2:25 am

Hey Ashvini,

I think this is like some movie stars. All of a sudden their names are in lights and people start recognizing them. Because we’ve never heard of them before we assume they are instant successes. Little do we know that they’ve been acting for years and years and years.

The same with coming online to make money or build a business. Look at Mike Dillard’s story. It took him eight years to master all of this. Why? Because it’s a learning process and even though you might join some community and they tell you step by step what to do and it takes you six months to strike it rich, how long do you think that will last? Building a business that way is usually through paid advertising and your customers may not be long-term customers. There is so much to think about that most people don’t realize.

No one is an overnight success, no one. We only wish right!

Great share my friend as always. Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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