In the fifth season of Homeland, the wealthy entrepreneur speaks to the ex-CIA agent and says something along the lines of, “My ex-wife was a lawyer. She had both feet planted firmly on the ground. Some of us can fly, and some are earthbound. Some people are born with wings, some are not…”
So is being an entrepreneur nurture or nature? Can you learn to be one? I honestly don’t know, but I do know that I have been one all my life. I suffered in “jobs” until I was thirty-three years old: then I broke free. I am happiest working for myself. Many feel the spark, notice the irritated rustle of their eagle wings while they labour in the smelly chicken run called “employment,” yearn for true freedom and real wealth, and secretly know they have to break free, but they haven’t yet found the right vehicle.
Or they tried something and failed, and now they quit and denounce entrepreneurialism. Well, that’s not an entrepreneur – that’s an Earthbound looking for an excuse to run back to the “safety” of the noisy chicken run. A real entrepreneur rises like the phoenix from every failure every time and comes back stronger, more determined, more passionate.
Soaring alone, high above the madding crowd, without “bosses” to whose idiocy one had to bend one’s will and values, free to create and produce and help others, is the true nature of those with wings. No more turning of a blind eye, no more suppressing one’s creativity and strength. No more suffering of fools and their sycophants, no more lowering of standards – that’s the reward of the entrepreneur.
And then there’s the prize of financial freedom – to go where you want, when you want, with whom you want, how you want, if you want. All because of our work ethic and determination:
“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight;
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”
We pay the price. We believe in our dream; we turn it into reality. We have wings; we soar above serfdom and mediocrity. We do now what others won’t so that one day we can do what others can’t. And if you haven’t found anything that takes your fancy yet, a way out, as it were, here is one. And here’s another. We create and use simple systems that incorporate leverage and collaboration and reduce risk to the absolute minimum: we create Money Machines for those with wings.
There is an ancient Chinese saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Some day or DAY ONE? You decide.
Pictured above, my business partner, Ken Chahal, and me interviewing one of the engineers of one of our IPS Safety Inc. products in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”