The word ‘Entrepreneurship’ has never resonated much with me. I have always pictured myself as that person who goes on to work for big noble firms, continuing with and improving what others have already started, and finding fullfilment and purposeness through that.. But creating something new and doing startups? Not so much. Although I have a feeling that this course will change my viewpoint…
One negative perception that I’ve had of entrepreneurship is that people go into it almost solely because of the fame and money. However, having read some of this course’s articles (i.e. Thomas Oppong, ‘Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve A Problem’) and after today’s lecture about Idea Generation, I am starting to get a different perception. Sure enough, I still think money accounts for a big part of all the reasons people become entrepreneurs, but I have also come to realize that what many entrepreneurs actually want to do is to make the world a more efficient (and in most cases better) place through solving recurrent problems in various areas. I believe that the best ideas and creations must come from those who foremostly just want to solve a problem, not triggered by any other factors such as money or fame. Because, at the end of the day, doing something out of one’s passion, belief and self-initiated purpose is what creates meaning. And meaning is what can truly create an endless drive that is essential for success.
Another misconception I’ve had about entrepeneurship is that, the idea and the product all have to be really big, or at least become that really quickly. Maybe it’s because that majority of the time, small startups don’t get as much attention as the ones that have become very big and successful. Or that I don’t pay enough attention to them… But after today’s lecture, I strangely got very excited just by knowing that you should/can start small and find a solution to a problem that serves “only” a smaller (core) group of people. It actually makes a lot of sense – one step at a time, right? And you don’t have to go very drastic with the product – small changes and improvements suffice 🙂 Next time, I will no longer be dismissive about ideas that come to my mind. I will get on with it and think, ‘who else can benefit from this idea?’ and ‘how cna I take this one step further?’
So, what’s upcoming now is to generate a good idea sketch. Good to learn that brainstorming from scratch might not really help. However, Idea Generation is just the beginning. I read somehwere that a sound business plan and execution are just as important, if not more. So, with that said – I am looking forward to the upcoming lectures!
/Yuwei (Yuwzhng), Team Dreamgineering
First of all I would like to congratulate you on your comment Yuwei. That is very well written and includes some nice observations. I can absolutely relate to the things you wrote about in your first paragraph, since I feel the same way in regard of liking the idea of a comfortable, “safe” job ( I mean as safe as a Job can be…) with a big corporation. However I am also very excited about getting to know a different way of working including higher risks but possibly also greater rewards, especially about the process of an enterprise from scratch to an international corporation.
Concerning the last part of your post about Brainstorming I think there is a great problem or even paradox of our course that is in line with a paragraph I read about in the recommended literature about this course. You do not come up with a great idea for an enterprise by forcing yourself to think of one but rather by living your life with a state of mind that looks for ways to improve everyday situations or problems. At least that is how most of the successful start-ups began. However in this course we are supposed to come up with an idea right know, given the limited time frame of seven weeks. I still hope we get some more tools for generating ideas although evaluating and working with existing ideas is probably the hardest thing related to entrepreneurship.
Let’s see what the next exercise holds for us. According to #Semir-Temiz announcement it has to be fun 🙂
Semir -Temiz? 🙂 I had really fun to read my name like this)
Haha I do not know what happened there Serdar 😀 I am sorry.
Thank you for the post. It is great to see that your experience at the lectures start to change they way you think about entrepreneurship.