When I was still as innocent as someone who is using the spoon and fork for the first time, the people I dealt with and the old world I lived in made me believe that success in entrepreneurship belongs only to two groups of people in the society: 1.) the rich and 2.) the ones with political and business connections.
Because I didn’t want to make poverty as my lifetime home, I did everything I can trusting that God will do the rest. Subjectively, now I consider myself as a successful small-time do-it-yourself entrepreneur.
One of my key learnings in tracking the path to entrepreneurship is that political and business connections are not a pre-requisite. I’m not saying that you don’t need them for life. What I’m saying is that they’re not a major requirement for a start-up. The bare minimum requirements I’ve set for myself are the following. Any addition to these is only an icing on the cake.
- a plan
- determination to accomplish the plan
- a computer
- fast internet connection
Nothing is wrong with mingling and rubbing elbows with the elite to gain political and business connections, but I’m not a fan of doing that just so I could build a start-up business from the ground up. Yes, there will come a time that you will need support from the government and private sector, but don’t embrace the wrong psychology that unless and until you have political and business connections, you cannot start a business. I know, first-hand, that when you were born from a poor family, there’s a high level of intimidation to do something that seems to be bigger than yourself. But that’s not an entrepreneur’s psychology. You cannot welcome intimidation when you’re a start-up. Because if you would, that’s like putting water in the gasoline tank of your car. That car won’t take you anywhere. The water will destroy your car’s engine.
I’m not anti-social, but I’d rather better myself in my craft or niche so that these political and business people will be the ones who will find ways to connect with me.
Does the lack of business and political connections keep you from getting started? Share your thoughts with me and my readers by commenting below.
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