Every time an entrepreneurial success story hits the news, I’m always happy for the people involved who have seen their dreams turn into something bigger than themselves. It’s incredibly rewarding to bring a product or service to the market and see your ideas rewarded with sales and customers – so whether it’s my success or someone else’s, I get a thrill out of seeing entrepreneurs do well and achieve their goals.
However, it’s always frustrating to see media sources hone in on these entrepreneurial successes – and not the tremendous amount of hard work and effort that’s gone into reaching these heights.
Take the founders of Instagram, who recently cashed out with a $1 billion buyout offer from Facebook. Plenty of mainstream and industry news sources want to paint these young guys as “tech wiz-kids” who struck it big with a lucky idea. Very few of these same stories pay more than a cursory lip service to the hours upon hours of brainstorming, planning, testing and promoting that must have gone into their eventual success. Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Be an Entrepreneur