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Entrepreneurship: Why?

Hello WondeBeau People!

It’s been long since I have been here — and I know I say that all the time or at least most of the time, so please bear with me. 

Starting a business is very trendy, especially in this fast and sometimes jaw-dropping millennium we find ourselves.

If you are not starting a business, you are mostly seen and regarded as a “lazy coward” — which I must say isn’t mostly true

Starting a business is more in vogue than anything the fashion plate has to offer. Infact, owning a business is the fashion plate.  

I think the — permit me to use this word — craze for owning a business stems from the wanting to be independent, or rather the declaration of independence.

After all, if you start a business, it’s a serious and responsible thing you are doing. And people will commend your folks on how well they’ve raised you, for you to venture out on your own. Even if your folks are unsure of what you’re about but they have a pretty good idea why you are about it, they will be forced to half-heartedly acknowledge that you are indeed doing something noteworthy. But…

I must say, that’s probably the most inspiring trend that has come out of this generation. I mean you can’t really blame our parents for being sceptical.

Their child who has always been getting into one scrap or the other, with parents having to clean up after them, wondering what on earth they’ve done to deserve their ordeal. And half wondering if their past — whatever that may have been — is demanding payment from them through their carefree juvenile of a child.

Then all of a sudden, the child who probably is now a teen or young adult becomes serious — way too serious for comfort and the parents are thinking, “Here we go again!”

Here they are, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Next thing is, “I want to start this business…”

And they’re thinking, “What now. Is s/he doing drugs?

Then they find out — in most cases — that their children has indeed found his/her legal genius. There was never a time they thought their children weren’t geniuses. They simply were geniuses in the wrong.

So most of the time startups had to get support from self and maybe later from the government or NGOs that support new business ventures.

It’s trilling to say, I’m an entrepreneur. Or I’m self-employed.

What does it mean? And most importantly what does it take be an entrepreneur?

Sometimes, starting a business is an avenue to vent your spleen, to release your pent up emotions or to release something that had been suppressed. To show those who think you are nobody, that you will be somebody.

I think that’s a fantastic productive way of fighting the demons — as long as you don’t run out of steam. Or you have plans on how to continue when you run out of steam.

There’s something about starting a business that exposes your weaknesses and flaws.

You need to know how to manage yourself before you can effectively and efficiently manage a business.

Earlier I was presented a question on: How do you define self-management as a lady? (even auto correct is wondering ‘what da hey?’)

Apparently this was asked in a job interview (phenomenal).

I didn’t know how to answer that question because I wasn’t familiar with that word. 

I could have responded by saying, ‘the ability to manage yourself’ and that would have been too cheeky of me. So as I usually handled things I didn’t understand, I shelved it.

The first thing that came to mind was organisation. Being able to coordinate yourself in an organised manner in a way that enhances productivity — no matter what you might be going through and irrespective of your stress level.

Now, it would be nice if that describes me, but it doesn’t — at the moment.

I express how I feel, I don’t manage it — though I’m trying to. 

Now I suspect that if you’re been asked that question in an interview, they want to find out if you can keep your personal life personal, without allowing it spill into your work life, thereby affecting how productive you are. Never crack, or fall apart no matter what. 

In other words, self-management involves your health: Taking sick leave or being physically sluggish at work, could probably be defined by the employer as, not being able to manage your health, thereby affecting your work!

If one has family problems and becomes distracted and lethargic at work, that may be defined as: being unable to control your emotions making logic and reason difficult in the work place!

If you just had your baby (congratulations!) and you need ma/paternity leave and/or extra breaks during work to take care of yourself and your babies, then you may be termed as: being unable to separate work from family/personal matters thereby reducing productivity in the work place!

In other words, whatever keeps you from giving your 100% at work is no business of the company.

What they are asking is, can you keep working per demand irrespective of what may or may not be going on in your life?

I may be overthinking things of course, but I can’t help but think this is a trick question meant to qualify, disqualify or trap an unsuspecting applicant. By the time the would-be employee knows what this is or may be about, it would have been too late to have a say in the matter.

I mean, self-management?! Come on.

Which is probably one of the major reasons why people are overcoming their fear of starting businesses and launching into the world of entrepreneurship, head first.

The other option is becoming less and less of an option. Working for someone else is becoming more unconducive by the day. Some are fortunate to work with companies who are humane and truly care for the overall well-being of their staff, but many don’t have that fortune.

The code word for this millennium is freedom. Having your own business, seems to be the only way to gain your financial independence, while maintaining your freedom of what, when and how you compromise…..


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Someone once said women are incubators, because they multiply what you give them. If you give a woman groceries she gives you a meal. However, if you give a woman trouble/stress, she will give you hell! 😄

Post meridian salutations to you all!  (as one of my favourite radio drama characters would say😊). Earlier I went grocery 🛍 shopping, and though there was a slight chance of ☔ rain; I’m glad I wasn’t drenched in it or stranded by it, when it did decide to ☔ rain. It would have been a mess, looking like an angry wet cat, toting equally drenched groceries. Now I’m in the kitchen making a meal out of some of the groceries. Haha.

I’m 😴 sleepy, but the drive to share my thoughts wouldn’t allow me relax, until I have fairly exhausted the topic. So here we come, I think.

Incubation is an interesting process that keeps warm and safe a living pre-mature 👶 baby — human or animal — while it thrives, grows and matures to the point where it can survive on the outside. Then it’s released to the outside world to slug it out and live, like the rest of us.

If the pre-mature babies are left to open air when they are not fully formed to withstand it, their chance of survival will reduce.

So also are we in different stages of our lives. I’m thinking each stage of our lives are incubators maturing us for the next stage. If we are too impatient and are not fully formed for a stage before occupying it, we risk getting deformed — that won’t be our potion, in Jesus Christ name.

Ideas also need to go through the incubation stage before they are hatched. Life might be a race, but it isn’t a competition, because the race is personal and our life purpose differs. Your finish line is different from mine or that of the other person, therefore comparing one to another is not wise.

Knowing your purpose and focusing on our own race helps build patience, character, personality, courage, knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Learn as much as you can anywhere you find yourself, even if it is far from your expectations. Enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going. Time spent will be more pleasant that way.

Incubate is an action word. The definition I found says, ‘grow under conditions that promote development.’

It also says, ‘sit on, cover.’

What is that thing we are so impatient to uncover, before it fully develops? We may bemoan the conditions we are in, but if we look closely enough, do they promote our development? That is, have we learnt more, experienced growth while under whatever conditions we may be? Have the changes in our lives been more positive than negative?

If our answers are ‘yes’, then perhaps we should ‘sit on it’ and patiently absorb the best of that situation, until we are well formed and matured for the next stage of our lives. We may not even know what that stage might be, or be wrong in our assumptions of what the next stage must be. This lack of knowledge or wrong assumption could also be a sign of our unreadiness for our next stage or season of life. But I believe when we eventually get to the next stage of our life, all we have learnt and endured will become useful in our proper/correct function at the new stage. And we would be thankful, we waited.

Shalom. 💜