Today, I’m inspired by Karol Gadja’s post over at his blog. He writes about making the decision, early in his life, to be a business owner.
When did you make that decision? When did you first know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
For me, the decision came in high school. Somewhere along the way I’d made the correlation that my parents worked very hard, but didn’t have alot of money. There was a time when my dad worked 2 jobs, but it didn’t seem to increase our finances. So I decided that in order to control the amount of money I made, I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I’d say I decided this in the 10th grade, and I majored in Business Administration during my first year of college.
My professors discouraged me from this path. Why not go work in Corporate America for at least 5 years, THEN start my own business? I couldn’t see the point in that. Managing staff for a Fortune 500 company didn’t make sense to me, when I’d probably have a very small staff and need a different set of skills than a corporate job would give me. Plus I just didn’t want to. I can’t begin to tell you how disheartening it was for me to be dissuaded from this lifelong dream, in favor of building someone else’s business.
I still think I made the right decision for me, especially in light of how business models have changed since I was in college.
When did you first know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? How has your path evolved since then? I’d love to hear your story.