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Why I love being an entrepreneur

The other day I managed – unintentionally I’d like to add – scare quite a few people with my blog “From Employee to Entrepreneur: what I wish someone had told me before I quit my job at Goldman Sachs”. The intention wasn’t to scare anyone, but to slap aspiring entrepreneurs with the reality check hand in the face before making the leap.

The feedback made me think that perhaps I was too harsh and might scare some potential entrepreneurs from making the jump. So in this sequel (movie rights pending). I’d like to give you the other side of the coin… the thing that makes being an entrepreneur so incredibly worthwhile. This feedback isn’t just based on my personal experiences: it is a collection of experiences of all those entrepreneurs that I meet on a weekly basis, whether through my involvement in mentoring, coaching, speaking engagements, funding assistance, or alcohol anonymous meetings (kidding about the latter!).

The most important reason to ignore your parents

Fact: Your parents love you. They do not want you to be hurt.

Having lived life, they will know the only way to avoid pain is to avoid taking risk.

That’s why your parents will always give you bad advice.

Taking risk is the only path to growth. Personal, social and financial growth. Your growth is a function of Darwinian evolution.

Without taking risks you cannot grow.

Your parents know this, but their love for you forces them to ignore reality and push you down the path of no risk.

From the age of 25, always consider doing the opposite of what your parents advise.

Unless your parents don’t love you. In which case you have bigger problems.

Alan Knott-Craig Jr is the founder & CEO of Project Isizwe, a company facilitating the roll-out of free Wi-Fi networks across Africa, funded by municipalities. Founder of Ever Africa: eCommerce, games, education, eBooks and telecoms in Africa.