Given two option to choose: Be an employee and receive a monthly pay of a few thousand, recently, I chose to work for $0. It was a tough decision to make. It took me a while to come to terms that money is not the most important to be able to survive, but it is the skills that would be.
When I left my job without getting another, I was afraid of losing the momentum. It’s true I’ve been sleeping late since, and can no longer get up at 7am. At least people around me haven’t heard me complain about having Monday blues for quite some time.
It is tough for me to explain to others what I am doing. I just say “I’m doing my own thing.” For them, trading their time and skills to bring home money at the end of the month is good. Even though I am doing my own initiative, I am technically unemployed and therefore unproductive. People keep asking me when I will get a job, but I have no answer to that for now. People accuse me of being lazy (because I’m not searching for a job), but I’m just going to let it slide for now. All I can say is, during my past 2 years of employment, I’ve saved enough to last me for quite a while. I am not receiving ‘pocket money’ from Papa, alright?
Then here comes Part II: ignoring the nay-sayers.
“Oh, I don’t think this idea is gonna work”
“Oh, it is already out there”
“You should just drop your idea and give me the contacts of your programmer”
…Seriously, to the people who think it’s going to fail, where’d you get your magic crystal ball? To the people who know the existence of such a product, thank you, Facebook was not the first social networking site. Neither was Google the first search engine. I’m not trying to act like I’m in LOVEEEE with my project, but at least I would give it a shot. If it fails, at least I know I tried.
As a first time entrepreneur, it’s bloody tough. I know I need to practise selective hearing. I cannot let the negative comments get to me. I know the chances of failure are high, but I have got to start somewhere. And if I make it, don’t you laugh at then picture of the nerd in this post.
Thomas Edison actually had 3,000 attempts to create the lightbulb. When asked about the failures he said “I didn’t fail 3,000 times. I found 3,000 ways how not to create a lightbulb.”