"How many of you have seen the movie Shreck? The green ogre with his donkey? Do you remember the beginning, how the movie starts? Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, the king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter. Everyone was happy until they discovered that she was cursed. And so she was kept away in a very high tower, protected by a dragon, waiting for a prince. And here we have our prince Charming, who wants to rescue her. It was he who had chanced this perilous journey through blistering coals, scorching deserts, traveling day and night, risking life and limb to reach the dragon’s den.
For he was the bravest and most handsome in all the land. It was destiny that his kiss would save the princess from the dreaded curse. Now, for a moment, if you want to compare this beautiful story to reality, we can very well compare the journey of prince Charming to the journey of every entrepreneur. Blistering coals, scorching deserts, sleepless nights and, of course, dragons. Ok, for the story’s sake, our entrepreneur could be a charming princess as well.
So, this journey of entrepreneurship is about survival. We need to survive to reach the end. We all have the basic instincts of survival. And survival requires innovative thinking. Think about your life, think about the time you were faced with an important decision, or a very difficult choice whose results would take you to uncharted territories so that you could adapt to a challenging situation. In our routine lives we are faced with such choices to handle the situations that life throws at us.
And how we deal with these choice and how we face the results determines who we are. This is a mindset. And normally we associate this mindset with entrepreneurs. But the truth is that there is an entrepreneur in all of us. In the morning, when we decide to take the road not taken, we are engaging in a small act of entrepreneurship. This journey or entrepreneurship is about choices – the right ones and the wrong ones. It’s about perspectives – optimistic and pessimistic. It’s about learning to fail and making failure an asset. And it’s also about leading without a title. So, this spirit and mindset needs to be recognizes, harnessed and developed.
So, when the going gets tough, you get going. I myself have failed many times, I am leaning every day. I have not yet started my own company, but today I like to call myself an entrepreneur. Thank you."