“When you are an entrepreneur you have bad days,” warned Simon Crowther, founder and CEO of Flood Protection Solutions, but he has an idea for how some entrepreneurs can rise above such times.
Simon, a former winner of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, was speaking at the latest gathering of entrepreneurs in London last night.
The UK is different these days, there is something in the air, you can inhale its aroma. It’s the smell of enterprise, the whiff of success, the tantalising bouquet of entrepreneurial endeavor.
As Oli Barrett, host of last night’s gathering once told Fresh Business Thinking, there was a time when if you mentioned entrepreneur people thought of a bloke with a beard:” Richard Branson, or Alan Sugar.
But the last few years has seen this incredible shift, entrepreneurs are common place, it’s something more people aspire too.
Ian Merricks, venture capitalist once told us that when he started out, people used to say “poor Ian, he can’t get a job, he is having to be an entrepreneur.”
It’s not like that now. And that is good news for more than one reason. The UK economy needs more new businesses. The labour market is changing so fast that during the course of a working life, people will need to re-train and re-train again, especially as the retirement age is likely to hit 80 within a few decades, extending working life at a time of enormous change.
Simon Crowther, was the star speaker at the latest stage in The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards tour of the UK. There are awards in Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, this November will see the revelation of this year’s winners.
There are “**itty days” he said, days when things go wrong and maybe you feel close to giving up.”
Simon’s solution is not one we can all apply. He says “take out your iPhone, take out your laptop, find the email you got saying you were shortlisted for this event, look at it, and pat yourself on the back. You have done amazingly well, and someone has recognised you and your hard work. You are amazing!”
But there is a bigger point. As Simon said: “Being an entrepreneur is really brave, people don’t appreciate it.” But what entrepreneurs are good at, is supporting each other. And that is so important suggested Simon.
We live in a world when people delight in telling us ‘why not.’ – why your move into entrepreneurship is foolhardy and doomed to fail.
That’s why entrepreneurs need each other, that’s how many get their psychological support. And that is why we need to celebrate entrepreneurial success.
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