I’m sitting on the long flight home from Atlanta to Johannesburg after 3 weeks spent in the US. It was a busy trip, with quite a lot of travel from DC, to Denver, to NYC and back to Denver. Thinking about what I should write about, I thought about my journey as an Entrepreneur and compared it to the journeys of other, more well-known Entrepreneurs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Henry Ford. I’m certain they all have interesting stories to tell, but being a bit of an Elon Musk fanboy, I know something of his story. This isn’t going to be a retelling of the story of Zip, X, PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity or SpaceX. But looking at that, I do realise that I have some way to go as a serial Entrepreneur.
I was about 24 years old when I realised that I wouldn’t stay gainfully employed my entire career. I was reading books like ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kyosaki, Steven Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, etc. and I realised that I’d rather own the ladder than climb it. It took another few years before I ventured into the realm of being self-employed, and truth be told I got pushed into it a little. In July of 2003 the company where I was working as developer had run out of funding, and I was retrenched. I chose to start a business rather than go work for a new boss, and so I began my journey in earnest.
In the 14 years that followed I have been through many ups and downs and am still learning each day what Entrepreneurship is about.