It’s very difficult when entrepreneurs start their first venture. They have to beg, borrow and steal money from friends, relatives, loan sharks and anybody who will give them some. Relationships are sometimes destroyed and you never quite get to run the business the way you wanted to.
Over time, if you’re good and luck is on your side, one day you’ll get to control your own destiny.
I thought that I had it made when I put together a venture with a very large, successful company. The boss said he liked me because I wasn’t a yes man. Everyone else around him always agreed with him and he didn’t like it.
About a year into the venture, which was exceeding out goals, he wanted a meeting with me. He said remember when I told you I didn’t like being surrounded by yes men, I found out I lied. I only want you to do it my way. Then he blew me away.
He said in this life a have 5 pains in my butt; my wife, who I can’t afford to divorce, my mistress, who I have to keep supporting or she’ll tell my wife, my brother, who every time I fire him my mother sends him back, my mother, and you. You I can get rid of, which he did.
It’s tough, but if you want to reach your dream as an entrepreneur, you have to have control.