I know I have too much sympathy that I am not gonna be a very good entrepreneur, but I know the other side of me- the bossy, reluctant follower side – can never comprehend the idea of working for others for the rest of my life. I long for flexibility in my career, so why not invest a fraction of my time for this event?
The keynote speaker was the CEO of One Central Park – Prof Auckland. This is the second time I listened to his lecture, the first time was in one of MLP Lectures ( I think he discussed about social entrepreneur last time) – and he was, as always, inspiring. Big companies (think Shell, BP if you are a chemical engineering undergrad) is not affected whether you are there or not, you go, someone will take your place, the machine will still run. Only suitable for those who like being administrators, and prefer orderly and predictable setup, and security. But small companies are driven by innovation – very predictable, and he stressed this point over dan over again , that it is exciting. Exciting it is, I think, uncertainty rarely bores me, it keeps my adrenaline high most of the time. But the key skill he said, is SURVIVAL and ability to RECOVER from the ups and downs.
I guess I came to the right event, I can’t tell you how inspiring the panelists in the second session were. Most of them age less than 40, yet they are very successful. Some were driven by childhood dream, some were just excited by all the risks – but all of then admitted that there were sleepless weeks and months if not sleepless night. But is it worth it? In my point of view, it is worth all the freedom you gain, all the flexibility you have. Jo Ashburner, mentioned about her flexibility of dividing time for family and the company. Above all, I think that is what I want. I do not want to spend my lifetime working 9 to 5, I’d rather suffer at the beginning and later being able to give a good childhood to my children. How does that sound?
Oh, by the way, the event was not just about listening- we had this Dragon’s Den session as well – given a role play (Ideas for a Franchise for first year students to help them earn some money). I was damn nervous (we had to present the business strategy in front of the ‘dragons’ i.e. the experienced entrepreneurs , but my group was indeed fantastic. We did not win the £100 shopping voucher- but the idea we had was pretty good – Cafeteria chain in university accommodations. With the room services and all. And lucky me, I found someone, a PhD student doing Sustainable Development to help me with my Environmental Law and Regulation coursework! Yeay!
I was inspired, and I could not help but planning my business in my head all the way back home
Anyone wants to be my partner?