Being an entrepreneur is hard work. And right now I’m not talking about long hours, about the fear of failure, about all the challenges you have to face every day, all the new skills you need to learn, all the things you hate and have to do anyway because there’s no-one there to delegate them to… You get my point. But that’s not what I want to write about right now. I want to write about preserving your gracefulness.
To many people who have chosen a different path, entrepreneurship may seem the epitomy of freedom and independence. However, nothing could be further from the truth. As an entrepreneur, you permanently depend on other people – their benevolence, sometimes their malevolence; their good, and sometimes their bad business sense – and, very often, on sheer luck.
I believe that, as an entrepreneur, one of the most important skills you need to train is how to deal with these dependencies. And this is – to me – where emancipation comes in.
What do I mean when I use the word “emancipation”? First and foremost, I am not referring to it in the feminist sense. I am referring to emancipation as a sense of equality and independence.