Most people want to be rich. Most people do not know how. Most people follow the herd. Most people never get rich, because they do not know how to ask the right questions & even if they did/do, they are disadvantaged with “poor access”. We must understand that “access” enables the creation of wealth. From access to the right schools, right jobs, meeting the right people, knowing the right “communities”, being included in the right conversations. All items driven by access, but we continue to not think about these things. We feel our outcomes our part fate, part hard work, part out-smarting the system. All of these are valid items only when sprinkled with the right access. Most people do not think about building the right access. It is not easy. Let’s look at 2 cases tied to entrepreneurship as it seems to be all the rage.
Case 1. Most people feel entrepreneurs have a higher calling for risk, but if you look beneath the veneer, most entrepreneurs have access, be it financial security or wealth and or the ability to not be out on the street. Hence they take the actions they do.
But what often gets lost in these conversations is that the most common shared trait among entrepreneurs is access to financial capital—family money, an inheritance, or a pedigree and connections that allow for access to financial stability. While it seems that entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks.
Case 2. The entrepreneur with no financial access. If this is you, welcome to the club. That where most of us start. But if you think you are at a disadvantage then you have already lost the plot. Consider your lack of privilege and access a super power. Early on in my career I thought it was a curse, till one day over time, I realized that it’s a superpower. How? When you have to fight to get every thing in life, you try harder, you leave nothing to chance, you prepare harder. How so still? Well when you have nothing to loose, you have every thing to gain. Very early on in life, I decided to “keep asking till being refused or being accepted” Most people will not ask a second time, but if you over index on harnessing the skill to ask and ask in volumes greater than the privileged, you will come across doors that others will open for you, you will come across people who will respect you for your hustle and for your drive. All you have to do is get access to the first door. It could be as simple as getting extra time with a teacher to learn some thing that a more privileged person would wait for their private tutor to teach them later. Once you realize that you have the ability to create access and alternate access for your self, you will never look back. Be it an internship a part time role some thing any thing, you have to ask to get access, so simple but most of us spend our entire lives missing out. You can build access leading to the end state of being an entrepreneur, it doesn’t have to be, I am just using that as an example. The underlying thread being that you have the ability to build, create, shape, use and deploy access to be at any or most desired outcomes one of which could be the ability to be an entrepreneur.
Following your dreams is dangerous, a bulk of the population is being seduced into thinking that they can just go out and pursue their dream anytime, but it’s not true. You have to build the foundations to live the dream and that starts by building access vs being mis-guided into just believing follow your passions. Passions without access and plans result in outcomes that destroy peoples lives for good.