You’ve probably heard that one of the main attributes of an entrepreneur is the ability to take risks. However, what an entrepreneur actually does is to take CALCULATED risks. That’s right, they don’t take risks for the sake of taking it. They take risks because there’s something worth fighting for and have considered all options before taking the risk.
But what happens if all odds are against you?
Recently I stumbled upon a particular comic strip in Chinese which resonated quite a bit with me that I thought it’ll be great to share with you (I’ve translated the text to English for your viewing pleasure):
The comic strip got me thinking – which citizen would I be in the comic strip? Would I be watching the live telecast in front of the television screen waiting for it to happen? Take the opportunity to rob the stores to get that 60-inch plasma television that I always wanted? Or would I try with whatever I have (or can) to face the problem (in this case, a meteor) head on?
While it may sound silly to face a meteor with a baseball bat…
Many ideas started off silly too. Let’s warp back in time for a bit, what would you say to Mark Zuckerberg when he was working on Facebook, during the prime time of Friendster? Or Apple when they were working on the iPad? Remember how everyone claimed that it was an oversized iPhone and that it’ll never sell?
The thing is, your ideas will constantly be challenged as you talk to people, or as technology advances and sometimes the odds really are against you. Maybe investors are not buying into your idea, your business partner disappeared, you’re losing money, loved ones aren’t being supportive or maybe you’re feeling that you can’t cope with the expectations of the shareholders anymore.
I’ve personally lost count on how many times I’ve went against the odds myself. There were smaller odds but definitely big ones with much at stake. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from them is that if they (challenges) did not happen, I wouldn’t be who and where I am at today.
The really question is – Are you ready to face the odds?