The general trend in our society, in our schools and in our homes is that we encourage our children to choose professions that are reputed, dignified and above all offer a lot of money. We want them to be doctors, engineers, lawyers and so on. However, very few of us want our children to be an entrepreneur, and even if they do, they don’t know how to assist and train the children in this regard.
To me it is one of the greatest ills of our society that we do not encourage our kids to become entrepreneurs and if someone succeeds in becoming an entrepreneur we always indulge in the debate of I am better than him because I have a law degree, I am better than him because I went to a university and earned a Ph.D. and notions like that. All these are things that discourage those who want to be entrepreneurs and those who are entrepreneurs.
On the other side of the general stereotype, entrepreneurs are actually the most contributing members of society. Although they don’t contribute to society in a well-dressed manner, their contribution is much more than what the lawyers contribute in courts and doctors contribute in hospitals. In the lines below, I give you a few major reasons why entrepreneurs need to be encouraged in today’s society.
The first and foremost important thing that entrepreneurs are able to do which lawyers and doctors cannot do is create jobs. Entrepreneurs come with ideas and these ideas take the shape of a venture, and when the venture gets materialized, it creates jobs and positions for others. Thus, as a result of the efforts of the entrepreneurs more jobs are created, hence more entrepreneurs in society mean more jobs. Therefore, if they present entrepreneurs are encouraged, the aspiring entrepreneurs will surface and create more jobs for ordinary people who wish to live an ordinary life with ordinary means.
Another thing that entrepreneurs are able to do is slightly on the emotional level, they change the lives of the people. Any idea of the entrepreneur that becomes a success changes the lives of people. Al Gore inventing the internet, Zuckerberg coming up with the idea of FaceBook are but a few examples of how entrepreneurs change the lives of people. Therefore, another reason why entrepreneurs need to be encouraged is to bring the necessary change in our lives without which life becomes monotonous and ceases to progress. Hence, in order to keep life-changing for the better it is imperative to plant and water the seeds of entrepreneurship in our children.
The other obvious reason why entrepreneurs are necessary for the contemporary world is the innovation they bring in our lives. The advancement in technology is primarily due to the different brainchild of different IT geniuses coming to surface. Therefore, if they had gone the conventional way of doing some job in a corporate, then they would not have come up with a different idea that changed the whole IT world. Therefore, to bring innovation in our lives whether it’s technological or non-technological, it is important that those entrepreneurs be encouraged so that with the innovation they could transform the way we do things and the way we live.
Above all, if nothing else, then the only thing why society needs to encourage entrepreneurs is that they bring economic growth. Entrepreneurs bring new ideas, on the basis of these ideas, they take the risk of starting a business no matter what the odds are, and when the business runs it automatically helps the economy grow. Therefore, imagine that if a society has entrepreneurs all around, then economic depression would harm such a society to a minimal extent. Therefore, having entrepreneurs around means, the economic depression has the possibility and chances of converting into an economic boom anytime.
Now it’s Your Turn!
When did you realize that you wanted to become an entrepreneur? What kind of hurdles did you face in your path? How did society encourage or discourage you? Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below!