Just Do It! Yourself - Andile Khumalo
But what really caught my eye in Tjan’s article were two points he made at the end of his article. They resonated with me deeply.
I am sure you have heard many entrepreneurs say don’t start a business with the sole objective of ‘making money’. Others have gone further to say “Money is not Everything”. Ever noticed how that always sounds better when it’s said by someone who HAS money, yet when you hear it you can’t help but think “Are you out of your mind. Why else would I start a business if my ultimate objective is NOT to make money? That’s why it’s called a business right?! And besides money may not buy you everything, but it certainly buys MOST things”
Tjan talks about what drives entrepreneurs, or what makes true entrepreneurs in the context of whether they are born or made. Just like ‘anybody can father a child but not all are fathers’, anyone can make money but not all are entrepreneurs.
Just like making a child, making money really isn’t that hard. Buy something for R100, and sell it R120. There! You have made money. That doesn’t make you an entrepreneur, though.
Entrepreneurs take risks for greater reasons than making money. It’s that Heart. That desire to achieve something of greatness. For some greatness is writing and publishing African language books for children and for others it’s inventing the Internet.
However, money is important. Life is a lot easier WITH money than WITHOUT money. An entrepreneur WITHOUT money spells doom for the entrepreneur, the enterprise and those supporting the entrepreneur.
As one veteran entrepreneur once told me many years ago, “Andile, you must make sure your business can feed you my boy. You see if the stomach is empty, all your mental strength is driven by the empty stomach. So effectively, you start thinking with your stomach. And that’s the beginning of the end for you. You see stomachs weren’t made for thinking. We have brains for that. Ok?”.
Make no mistake money is important, in fact its critical. It supports the lifestyle you want to live. It supports those that support you as an entrepreneur and for some, it serves as a scorecard!