In our efforts to impress upon you the wide ocean of opportunity that is the business world, we have strive to help you understand that you are capable. We hope that you are psyched, and that you are determined to succeed. But in your frenzy to get started we hope that you will be able to take a step back and remind yourself of what is really important. If you are still in college, your grades mean a lot. It is tempting for college entrepreneurs to sacrifice their academics for their businesses. Do not let this happen to you. Before you embark on your entrepreneurial adventure, be sure of where your priorities lie.
If you are still in school, you should remember what you came there for in the first place — to get educated. No matter what becomes of your business, acquiring a fulfilling education is an invaluable rite of passage. By deciding to value your education, you choose to be an educated person. Educated people can be respected, and can respect themselves. And although your business may or may not fail, your education will always be with you — it will be a part of you. Yes, there are many success cases where education doesn’t play an utmost part, but those are rare, not everyone could really achieve that kind of huge success – Do not lose sight of those, set your direction right !
We encourage you to venture into the business world, but we implore you to keep education as your highest priority. When it begins to call for the sacrifice of your education, a business needs to be put on hold. Your grades should take first priority, and should never suffer on account of business. That way you will have no regrets. If the business fails, you are proud of yourself for having tried, and you haven’t lost anything. If your business takes off, you can be even prouder of yourself for having done it all.
You probably cannot answer all of these questions right now. That’s okay. You don’t have to have all of the answers yet. Otherwise, there would be no exciting business journey lying before you, would there? Eventually, however, you will begin formulating answers for these questions and developing systems of operation and motivation that work best for you. The point is that you should always keep mental checks on yourself, to make sure that you are moving in the best direction. These questions will begin to pop up in your own head as you go through the trials and tribulations of the process of starting your own business. And whether you are a college student, a recent college graduate, or a 50-year-old who has had enough of the nine-to-five, you still have a lot to learn about business. There are certain lessons you simply cannot learn except by doing.
We hope you remember these questions, and ask them often. As long as you are honest with yourself, you will probably come out ahead more often than not, and have fun along the way. Being an entrepreneur is serious business, but it should also be fun. Questioning yourself constantly is a surefire way to be ahead of the game. Identifying your own faults before others do is what will keep you evolving toward the successful entrepreneur you want to be.