A friend of mine told me about his high school friend.
He met him by chance several years after high school and asked what was he up to. “I have a company, freecondoms.com“, he said. Freecondoms, wtf, what a looser, my friend thought (my friend was an executive at one of America’s largest corporations, probably high paycheck, 9 to 5, good reputation, health insurance, big car).
My friend met his high school friend a couple of years later and asked what was he up to. “I have a company, freeipods.com“, he said. Freeipods, wtf, this is getting better, my friend thought (my friend was still an executive at one of America’s oldest corporations, same high paycheck as two years earlier, 9 to 5, good reputation, health insurance, big car, house in the suburbs).
My friend met his high school friend a couple of years later and asked what was he up to. “I have a company, xxx, a team of 50 persons, annual revenue of xxx”, he said (sorry I don’t remember the name of the company and details, but it was a “perfectly fine” company). Wtf, I wish I could work for him. I’ve just been fired, don’t even have health insurance for my family and what’s worse I don’t know what to do now, my friend thought.
This story is almost totally real (my friend is a great guy and it’s amazingly intelligent and entrepreneur, he has not been fired, doesn’t work anymore for Corporate America, and I don’t know if he has a house in the suburbs 🙂 and I don’t care, so if my friend reads this, don’t get mad at me, you’ve just been used and prototyped to make a point). Anyway, I heard the story and a week later I read this quote:
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
- Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Europe is educating youth to be my friend not the friend of my friend.