The other day I overheard two people talking about their youth. As they sat and talked, they kept on referring to a time in their lives when everything seemed possible, a time when they thought they would conquer the world. This conversation got me thinking about how the youth see the world, especially the youth of today, and to how this outlook greatly resembles that of entrepreneurs. Like entrepreneurs, the youth have eyes that see a world populated with opportunities and both believe that the possible benefits outweigh the potential risks.
The majority of young people entering college or their first jobs have not been hit with the many “No’s” that life throws your way as you get older. They have not had their idea for a company shot down; they have not been laid off; or have not faced many of the other “No’s” that come with the years as we grow old. The youth bring an unconventional wisdom in their outlook on life. Their outlook is fresh and accompanied by energy and optimism. To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to face the world with this same passion and belief that you will achieve your goals. There is no committing only half way or having a backup plan in place in case things do not work out. After all, If you don’t have confidence in yourself, who will? You will encounter many who don’t understand your vision or how you intend to shift into this new reality which you speak so highly of. The outside eyes peering in on what is only a glimpse of the entire picture. Its essential for you to thread past all of that doubt and to market your vision of the future to eventually find others and increase your support network.
Besides the passing years, it used to be that young people would only realize their limits based on their geographical limitations. Many articles still speak of the importance of large metropolitan cities and entrepreneurial hubs, but the youth of today along with all entrepreneurs do not have to face this geographical challenge. Technology and social networks now provide bridges between distinct locations. Information and ideas area exchanged like never before. There are many new services to aid in long-distance collaboration between team members. Many people are changing from hard copy portfolios to pdf files, easy to use web pages and cloud networks. Many of which have templates and tools to creatively build professional forms and documents. We have millions of people who are, in essence, content creators that utilize technology to present who they are and their ideas to the world. And in a world where technology constantly advances forward while becoming simpler to use, there is even more reason to believe in the possibilities.
Global communities that bring people from all over the world today are making conversations like the one that I overheard almost obsolete. Age is neither an excuse nor a limiting factor. Technology connects individuals with tools and the ability to network with like minds. Whether you are part of the youth of today or a seasoned entrepreneur, the world is out there for you to conquer and technology is at the forefront paving the way. Everything is still possible.
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