While starting out in the business world, I came across some “business teachers” who I respect so much.
These people inspired me in a lot of ways and one thing I remember one of these my models wrote in his books is, “everybody can be business owner”.
Is that true?
Can everybody become entrepreneur?
I believed everyone could become entrepreneur until after I have spent about four years in the business world.
After facing the heat and fire of the business world, I decided to question what my mentor had earlier made me to believe. The truth is, not everybody can become business owner.
Isn`t this pessimistic, especially when you`re reading this from the ABC, an organization with the mission to train one million Africans to be business owners?
Well, our goal is not to train everybody to be business owner. Our mission is to train every man/woman who can, to be entrepreneur.
Not everybody can be doctors. Many people don`t have what it takes to be lawyers. Many of us hate to be soldiers. So, why should anybody think that everybody should be business owner?
You see, we don`t have to get every adult to have business before we will have a better continent. We only need to get a very good percentage to be business owners.
If we can successfully get 25-30% of our youths to be business owners, I mean educated business owners, business owners who understand the business world, we can be sure we`re never going to know anything call unemployment.
Why? Because some of these trained business owners will become great business success who could employ hundreds and thousands of people, some others will become average success who could employ tens of people and some would employ between 1-5 people.
This way, those who cannot become business owners will be gainfully employed.
I hope you get my point?
We must all have this understanding that school doesn`t do anything wrong by teaching children how to become employees (of course, some people have to become employees). School gets it all wrong by teaching ALL children to be employees.
We all cannot become entrepreneurs, but should we all become employees?
Then, who will provide jobs for us?
Now you see where the problem lies.
So how do you know whether you can become a business owner or not?
Believe me, many of us can be business owners… if we are trained to be.
What is the difference between a lorry driver and a pilot?
What is the difference between a journalist and a lawyer?
Training. Training. Training.
Children, though come to the world with some inborn traits, can be trained to think in one direction or the other. If you train them to think in a particular direction, they are likely to believe that that is the only direction that exists, or at least that`s the best.
That exactly is what school does.
By teaching all the children that good job is the best way to make money, most of us never dreamed of becoming a business owner… even though we could be.
The story of the world would not have been what it is today if there has been an institution training children and youths how to be business owners. I`m sure you will agree with me.
Can everybody become a business owner? No.
Can you become a business owner? If you think you can.
Soon, you`ll see that you really can become a successful business owner.