Being part of the RLabs business incubator (Innovia), one of the criteria’s were to complete a Small business course through Getsmarter & University of Cape Town (UCT) ,which I completed in October 2012. For the duration of the course I have learnt a lot about entrepreneurs and what entrepreneurship really means. When it comes to the word entrepreneur(s) the question “are entrepreneurs made or born?” My answer will be 50/50. I facilitate the entrepreneurship class within the Grow Leadership Academy. I posed the question to my 120 students “who wants to start a business” Most of them answered with much excitement, “yes we would like to start and have our own businesses.” I asked another question, what is preventing you from starting a business. The general answer ” they don’t have good ideas ” or ” they don’t have money to start off “
This was a challenging as I don’t have any “good ideas ” for them and I don’t have capital to invest in those who have business ideas. To inspire them, I shared a motivational story that a friend told me.
There was a young guy who had a life coach and was his mentor too. His mentor asked him ”why don’t you start a business ? ” You are an intelligent person. He answered “he doesn’t have any business ideas and he is lazy. All he does is sleep.
His mentor told him you can start a sleeping business,seeing that you love sleeping. The mentee thought this is a big joke, however,today he has a “sleeping business” he travels the world sleeping in the best Hotels and he gets paid to do so. All his business requires of him, is to write about his stay and his experience in the respective hotels.
If you have a business idea let nothing stop you from reaching your dreams.