Is Being An Entrepreneur Overrated?


We are living in the generation where millennials are taking over the work force. A lot of SME’s and start-ups have come to be, with some standing out and others bowing to the pressure. Some schools teach entrepreneurship to their students and encourage them to go out and start something of their own. These days it seems everybody wants to be an entrepreneur. Everybody wants to be a leader, to own a business and be in charge.

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For those people who don’t know what it means to be an entrepreneur, Wikipedia defines entrepreneurship for us in simple enough terms. “Entrepreneurship has traditionally been defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a start-up company offering a product, process or service for sale or hire”.

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Most entrepreneurs, successful or not, will say there is nothing as rewarding as doing your own thing. Mr Jay Kay the owner of Trybe footwear, who left his 9-5 job to follow his dream, says “becoming an entrepreneur is the best decision one can make. Though you have to be mentally ready to start out on your own bearing in mind you will face a lot of challenges. It is more difficult than any job that you will be assigned while working for someone else”.

It is a popular saying that there are two types of people in this world, “thinkers and doers”. An entrepreneur is someone who has ably combined thinking and doing to achieve his/her goal. I feel entrepreneurs are thinkers that got tired of merely thinking about an idea and decided to do something about it.  Let no one deceive you, becoming an entrepreneur is no child’s play, just like spelling the word itself. I get how you want to be your own boss, call all the shots and determine your own hours.

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Don’t get me wrong, you can also derive satisfaction working in a company started by someone you probably don’t know but has a vision you align with. I don’t see any crime in working in a place that has an awesome vision that tally’s with everything you stand for. There are still so many misconceptions about being an entrepreneur and many people go in blindly. Entrepreneurship is mostly about risk, putting yourself and your ideas out there and hoping for the best.

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For arguments sake, let’s say everyone becomes an entrepreneur, that is, starts their own business. Who will work for whom? There will be no staff when everybody is out there being a boss of their own. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it is not a good thing to become an entrepreneur, not at all. Just don’t let anybody make you feel bad for working for someone else if you love your job and enjoy doing it. Follow your passion, work hard, play and be happy.



Goke Alabi

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