Money is like talent. It doesn’t do much good if you keep it to yourself. It has to be developed. It has to be nurtured. It has to be used properly. It takes time, work, and patience. There are many gifted people who will never be discovered because they’ve never been developed. It’s also like a potentially great idea that is never given a chance because the owner of the idea chooses not to give it enough thought, or worse, any thought at all.Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men – One Message
Some people say that they want to become entrepreneurs because they want to be their own boss. They say that they are tired of following rules and would rather do their own thing. They also say that they want to be in control of their time; that they’d rather enjoy the autonomy of being accountable to no one but themselves. Usually, they share this kind of sentiment:
For example, if you are an employee, you have very little control over how much you earn, if you get the promotion, if you receive a raise, when you go on vacation, and sometimes even when to eat lunch.Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men – One Message
However, most of them never dared to start at all. Because starting a business requires sacrifice.
But some are willing to pay the price.
Meet Karina Karla. She is a budding business woman from the Philippines and you can find more about her current business through this link. Learn from her story and find answers as to why some people become entrepreneurs.
We never shun humble beginnings. Everything starts somewhere.
So here’s a backstory.
Karina Karla was born into a family of business people, from grandparents to the third generation. And at a very young age, she noticed that her parents are already out and about by six in the morning to work on their family businesses. Because she never understood any of the hustle, the early morning and late nights, and the busyness of her parents, she grew up (almost) resenting the fact that her parents are business people. Back then, she even envied her friends and classmates who can afford to do family summer vacations and holidays spent elsewhere. It was even a struggle for her to come up with back-to-school reports when it required her to share what she did for the summer. In her home, as she recounts, there were no weekends nor holidays. Just hustle everyday, whole year round. The reason? No one will be left to look over their businesses.
But being employed in Philadelphia after finishing her degree in Accountancy, Karina Karla began to see what it was like to become an employee. Her experience made her realize how better it would be for her to have her own business. She noted that if she would follow the path her parents traveled and go into business, she could be her own boss and not worry about being penalized for her absence when she’d get sick. She thinks that when she puts up her business, she doesn’t have to explain herself whenever she needs to run on errands too. At the end of the day, what she really wanted was instead of working abroad, she’d rather spend her time working with the people she loves.
Now that Karina Karla is 25 years old, she decided to put up a business of her own, back in the Philippines. As she is starting to make her way through the business world, she is truly grateful to have her mom guide her in every step of the way.
So what can you learn from the story of Karina Karla? Why do some people become entrepreneurs?
They choose to accept the rough side of work.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox.
Proverbs 14:4 AMP
Starting a business is not just about getting money and getting rich. Starting a business means that you have decided to put in the hard work required for you to make a profit. If you are the type of person who wants to have a peaceful life, then business might not be for you.
From the story of Karina Karla, her parents are always into the business 24/7. They did not treat it like an eight-to-five job where they tell people not to disturb them because it’s already beyond their shift. If you have seen parents with newborns, they could tell you about all the sleepless nights they’ve gone through taking care of their babies. In the same way, starting a business requires your full attention just like how you take care of a baby.
And that’s where you find Karina Karla today. Since she just started her business this year, she’s putting so much time into the business, nurturing it, hoping that all her efforts will establish it and make it grow.
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They forego pleasure.
There was a certain man—without a dependent, having neither a child nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “For whom do I labor and deprive myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity (a wisp of smoke, self-conceit); yes, it is a painful effort and an unhappy task.
Ecclesiastes 4:8 AMP
From the story of Karina Karla, there were no weekends nor holidays. Just hustle everyday, whole year round. Her parents prioritized their businesses by giving up vacations and holidays. They made sure that everything they do will lead to the growth of their businesses.
If you are an aspiring business person, you cannot work and play at the same time. Given your finite resource of time, you must choose which one to pursue in order to maximize results. There are just things you should quit when you are starting a business. Here’s a blog post that might help you quit unnecessary activities in your life.
But they find pleasure in their work.
Behold, here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which he labors under the sun during the few days of his life which God gives him—for this is his [allotted] reward.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 AMP
If you’re thinking that business people are the type of people who don’t know how to find enjoyment anymore, you’re probably getting it wrong. Even if they forego pleasures (ones you expect one should be enjoying), business people find pleasure in their work. They find joy in every accomplishment they achieve from all the labor they do.
Going back to Karina Karla, she admits that she is so busy these days now that she’s building up her business. She may not have time to do some vacation or enjoy holidays anymore being caught up with baking, admin works, and deliveries, she is still filled with joy from the accomplishments she achieve each day.
Now that you know why some people become entrepreneurs, do you have what it takes to become one? Are you willing to sacrifice?
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you must:
- Accept the rough side of work. Starting a business is not just about getting money and getting rich. Starting a business means that you have decided to put in the hard work required for you to make a profit.
- Forego pleasure. Given your finite resource of time, you must choose which one to pursue in order to maximize results. There are just things you should quit when you are starting a business.
- But find pleasure in your work instead. Find joy in every accomplishment you achieve from all the labor you do. This is your reward.
To know more about Karina Karla’s business, visit her Facebook page through this link. She makes the most delectable cheesecake bites in the city.
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