Marilyn Oma Anona writes: An entrepreneur must be brave and much more.


Anybody can be a paid worker… But only special and overly brave people can be entrepreneurs!

It’s very convenient to say; “I am hardworking…
I am at work… Especially in a society like ours where going into an office at 8am and warming the seat while gossiping and religiously attending to your social media till 5pm is counted as work!

It’s very easy when you are not part of the decision making, you don’t even know how the money is made, you don’t pay anyone, you are not saddled with the burden of paying office rent, and bearing all risks associated with business and working… You just dress up daily and receive your pay at the end of the month which is most times unearned in the real sense of it!

Only special and very brave people can go into a business. Being an Entreprenuer isn’t just a mere title or staying at home to give yourself an exaggerated image on the social media. Being an entrepreneur is not just about registration of a business or company name with CAC. It’s a lot more than that.

Entrepreneurship is a big deal but like most words, Nigerians have greatly abused it.

Most entrepreneurs at the early stage of their business sacrifice a lot just to make sure that the business works. They sacrifice to the detriment of their personal lives.
Entrepreneurship is a very risky thing. Very very risky. Most times you are putting everything in the line without knowing what the outcome will be.

Entrepreneurship is for the brave, the leader, the risk taker, the strong, the confident and the one who is burning with ideas and undying passion.
If you love quick money, you can’t be an Entreprenuer.

Studying entrepreneurship in school doesn’t even make you an entrepreneur and most of the things taught in school are not feasible in real life settings. You learn and improve as the days go by.

We celebrate most successful entrepreneurs but most of us never bother to ask what they have passed through to get to where they are.

The burden isn’t one I can even describe. Most times it’s overwhelming. You become overly anxious, you are in despair, you are afraid because sometimes you think you are failing so much and everything is going to shut down. You struggle so much yet some people will beef you when they can’t even wear the shoes if asked to even for a minute.

The truth is, because of the too much emphasis on “BE POSITIVE” a lot of people pretend and act as if they have it all together but in reality, they are suffering… The anxiety is too much!

Most entrepreneurs will prefer to cover up and act as if they don’t have challenges and concerns but in reality, the burden is just too intense and large.
The mental, emotional and psychological turmoil entrepreneurs face is something we must all come together and talk about.

Fake it till you make it, is something I don’t believe in! When you have challenges, speak up and get help and stop carrying on as if you have it all together.

Most entrepreneurs will not tell you the truth, but the struggle is real especially with the economic recession!
Entrepreneurship is for the brave!

Being an Entreprenuer, you have to contend with a lot of things…
Battling to build up a strong team!
Doing almost everything yourself!
Being understaffed or having lots of wrong hands!
Paying salaries!
Experiencing all sorts of setbacks and disappointments!
Office rent!
Office upkeep!
Lack of sleep!
And the list goes on and on!

For some, these are the things that can push them up!
For others, these can kill them!

The same thing that can make you can also kill you… It all depends on how you handle them!

Entrepreneurship isn’t just something anyone can dabble into especially if you are involved in a complex business like mine which is not straight forward and very risky and also capital intensive.

Entrepreneurship is for the brave!

NB: I want you to know that having a skill and being self employed doesn’t necessarily make you an Entreprenuer!
There is a big difference between being self employed and being an Entreprenuer!



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