You aspire starting-up a small-medium business. Or perhaps you have already started one. But the successful entrepreneurs stories make you think, “Do I have that extra factor to run this business?”If the heaps of media stories about successful entrepreneurs who have been dubbed to being geniuses which you think is lacking in you, then you need to find ways to to develop entrepreneurship skills.Once there was a man. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable. He sets out on a journey to a neighbouring village to find a master who could impart him knowledge. On his arrival, he realises the denizens of the village were not half as literate as he was. There was none who was worth teaching him the facts of the world and beyond. The man thought, “Seems like I am the most knowledgeable man in the creation. I must go far and wide to proclaim this”. The man sets out on his onward journey with a band on his head that read – the most knowledgeable man. He reaches a new destination where the people are ten times ahead of him in terms of mental prowess. The message-band around his head becomes the subject of ridicule as he is further challenged to prove himself. Having become a laughing stock already, the man is ashamed of himself and flees towards his home.We are like that. When not confronted with challenges, we assume we are the worthiest people. On seeing someone better, we either want to emulate them, or quickly concede defeat to their calibre that we think is astounding. Either ways we are wrong.
What successful entrepreneurs would do is
- Learn from the encounter. It could be a situation, it could be a person. But they may have loads of hidden messages to appreciate and adopt
- Understand that we are just as worth as that hero. We have the capacity, but we fail to recognise and apply it
- We need to remember that God can’t be unjust to the mankind by making one more intelligent than the other. It is the level of interest in a subject matter that got a Newton or an Einstein crack upon the mysteries of the universe. So learn to be interested in what you are doing
Thomas Edison had said, “Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration”. And truly no matter how capable you are, unless you translate your potential into some tangible accomplishment, will anyone really recognise you as a genius? The characteristics of successful entrepreneurs is to be daring, be motivated and draw inspiration from their heroes, to even have their entrepreneurship ideasgenerating their own start-ups. The rest of your energy must now get into making things life-size from the small building blocks – and who else, but the genius in you can do that!
Starting up or building an entrepreneurship has no prerequisite of a genius. All it needs is common sense and hard-work.