Having worked up, close and personal with loads of entrepreneurs, we know every entrepreneur has a different story about why he or she decided to start a business. Some have always dreamt of being their boss and others come up with ideas while working for someone else and decide to take the entrepreneurial leap. Before jumping right in, they all know that with the uncertainty of entrepreneurship also comes tremendous freedom and accountability.
Here are five candid reasons why people become founders:
They are too creative to fit into the current environment
As one with the founder’s spirit, you may find that you simply don’t fit in. Sometimes that can be unnerving and frustrating. Steve Jobs perhaps presented the idea beautifully when he said: “When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is … Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
Your creativity simply may not be cut out for the limitations of corporate life.
They’re non-stop learners.
Learning never stops and these people know it. A lot of us equate age, status or certain achievements with the end of their education, but to learn is to be alive. Entrepreneurs are people who are never satiated with the knowledge they have — they are always seeking more. If you discover this streak in you that learning interests you, and that you can never know enough about the things that excite you, then you have identified one of the genuine reasons individuals are driven to be entrepreneurs. A super successful founder has said, : “The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities.”
They want a life beyond nine to five.
There may be some truth in having a flexible lifestyle but the truth in founding a business is that you’re going to insane hours that never seem to end. So don’t go for this way of life if you’re thinking it’s a shortcut. That being said, you will put in your best, but there’s much more flexibility to the entrepreneurial lifestyle than the traditional nine to five and two weeks of vacation time that corporate life supposedly lets you have.
As someone rightly said, entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.
Their ideas are not run-off-the-mill.
Becoming founders and leading a whole idea takes imagination and perhaps even a dash of insanity. Founders are the ones who believe and actually can change the world. They view their surroundings as they want it to be, not how it is. From the brilliant idea that drove the invention of the steam engine to the one that gave birth to a flying machine, entrepreneurs pursue the ideas that others deem crazy.
As someone super wise rightly said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Founders innately realize that logic is limiting but unconventional ideas can transform the world.
They want action.
The probe into the deeper meaning of undertaking work that can essentially change the world is something that drives every living founder. If you think you’re not getting to do enough or you’re forever on the sidelines or the background, entrepreneurship may well be the right path for you. Founders learn, unlearn and relearn by doing and explore the avenues with a voracious appetite.
Founder Guy Kawasaki said, “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning — to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”