Stop Telling Entrepreneurs To Get A Job
I recently left my job about six months ago. An entrepreneurs nightmare scenario. The overwhelming amount of fear that I overcame to make that decision many will never know. It took months of prayer, weeks of sleepless nights. It took much discussion with loved ones, and a complete restructuring of my finances. Money I never intended to use was now going to have to be spent on essentials like toilet paper and groceries. But as I’ve discussed before, there is one major thing that separates me from my biggest heroes. Risk. When I decided to leave my job, it was not because of some deranged idea that it was a lowly position and that I deserved better. There was much more.
There was a generational dream, one which transcends the likes on the nine to five; rent a condo, get married and rough it though life nightmare supplied to me by my peers. This dream was that my last name might be one which carries with it the baggage of a reputation. That my biggest worries might be how to get back to my home from the big meeting to see my eventual kid’s sporting event because I was busy closing deals that secured his (her) future for generations to come. This dream is not in the slightest about money or fame, but it is about freedom. Freedom from the structural and financial burdens that my parents had to go through to give me the life I have today, freedom from the intellectual barriers my father faced growing up in Peru and being thrown into a gigantic government in the U.S which devours small business unless you run it just right, even freedom from my own prior stupidity. I look to build my own life. To never call another man boss. To never say, “hey boss, can I do this?”
But there’s a problem. One that comes up frequently. I plead with you to see that investments aren’t only money driven, but also require time and skill. I also plead with you to take notice that life is seasonal!
What I mean by this is simple. When you say to an entrepreneur (aspiring or not) to get a job, you are short siding his investment. Meaning his time and skill will not pan out in the long run. You are telling them that their investment will fall through. “Have you gotten a job yet? Did you go on any interviews?” Is the same as “Did you give up on your dreams yet?”
Get a Job Ya Bum
There is a passion burning in an entrepreneurs eyes, and it’s noticeable when it’s real. You will see changes, don’t ask them to sell their ‘stocks’, don’t ask them to stop short of the finish line the same way you wouldn’t ask a med student if they’ve stopped going to school yet. Their contributions to society and the free market indispensable.
The Free Market
The importance of entrepreneurs in the U.S is totally undervalued. We need to have people who start small businesses from an economic standpoint in order for our country to run. Encouraging this career is not only good for them but good for the betterment of society. It leads to more jobs, better people and individual responsibility. It makes people more responsible, courageous and self confident.
They are willing to lead lives no one else is and suffer through seasons in order to bring to light the hard work no one saw in the secret. Don’t dismiss what you haven’t seen. Sure, I may be bias, but because of my personal investment in this lifestyle, I can tell you first hand what the opposition looks like. There are however, ways to help. If you love an entrepreneur, not all is lost.
How To Help
- If they need space, it’s not you; it’s them. Don’t take it personal.
- Provide resources to better their craft or business. Not criticism. They know they suck sometimes.
- Words of affirmation, but only if you seriously mean it. Don’t be fake. They deal with fake all day.
- They are randomly working, if they miss stuff, it’s for a good reason. Cut them some slack.
- Listen to them before you give an opinion about their careers.
- If you love them and don’t believe in them, that’s okay. You’re fueling the fire.
In a nutshell, I understand the skepticism, but either be for or against your beloved entrepreneur. Don’t be passive aggressive with them, you are doing more damage.