Millennials are gung-ho about starting a business. I mean, they are really, REALLY excited about the thought of conceptualising, creating and running their own business. And somehow this has generally been accepted as the end-goal and the real measure of success for the rest of us in the working world.
I have watched numerous friends leave jobs to start full-fledged businesses because they no longer wanted to work a 9 to 5 and contribute all their ‘hard work to someone else’s success’. I find that to be incredibly brave and commendable; people like them will form the foundation of our next generation of business moguls.
“We cheer you on, buy your products and services that we really don’t need yet we are pitied for excitedly collecting a salary on the 25th of each month, having earnestly put in the work
However, going to register a business has never been a dream of mine. I have never felt the urge to leave my job to create a company that I would be tied to 24/7 including public holidays, weekends and vacations, in sickness and in health.
More people will think about creating a business than will ever start one. Further yet, more people will fail at entrepreneurship than will succeed. Anyone can start a business, it’s really not that hard on paper, but maybe not everyone should. This is perfectly fine, also. Many of us have great jobs that are not only fulfilling but challenge us to constantly do more and be better. We are happy to support your budding business by giving the occasional ‘like’ and ‘follow’ as requested on social media. We cheer you on, buy your products and services that we really don’t need and revel in your successes yet, somehow, we are pitied for excitedly collecting a salary on the 25th of each month, having earnestly put in the work.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have not completely ruled out ever going into business for myself but I currently have no idea what that would be. Frankly speaking, the thought of voluntarily being so tightly wound around one particular thing is horrifying. But I understand that it is the dream of many to nurture a business from infancy, wholly steering its entire operations, to success, if you’re lucky.
So as we blindly support your business and wish you the best, we’d appreciate some of the same consideration being given to us.