King Kaka: The dark side to the growth story
SEE ALSO :Crocheting myself to a ‘knit’ fortuneAnd then he straight up asked me if there’s any dark side to entrepreneurship. And for some reason, it brought back memories of all the mountains I’ve had to climb to get to being King Kaka. The struggle Very few people highlight the dark side of entrepreneurship, very few know about the struggles. My uncle once called me right after I quit my job to become an entrepreneur and asked me if I was ready for what my decision meant. Last week I talked about depression among entrepreneurs. You must have a heart that’s ready to withstand all the pressure that no one talks about. How do you deal with anxiety, hopelessness, worthlessness, suicidal thoughts and self-doubt? We’ve been taught to idolise the King Kakas, Mark Zuckerbergs, Chris Kirubis – but is it really what we should be doing? How detailed are their stories? You can definitely gather footnotes, but no one can prepare you enough for the steep hill ahead once you choose to go into business.
SEE ALSO :How to set up an online shop for freeEnduring pain And I just discovered the other real meaning of entrepreneurship – “the ability to endure pain for a long period of time”. And this goes both ways. Most of us would jump ship and say this only applies to those who have businesses that haven’t yet sprouted. That’s a very narrow mindset because with more money comes more problems. In this field, always keep in mind that one problem solved will always be replaced by another one. Even though it’s not guaranteed, remember that being an entrepreneur means you’re there to solve problems, and problems don’t just go away.
SEE ALSO :Starting an interior design businessAnd when you solve one, you’ll be tempted to solve a bigger one. It’s like a game – you win one level and can’t wait to get to the next level. This is what translates to growth. Getting stuck Everyone wishes for growth, and at no time do you think you’ll get stuck, especially when things on the outside really look glossy. When I was home and facing all these personal issues that started the Kaka Empire brand, as much as I presented a really pretty picture to the public, I knew I couldn’t fool the man in the mirror. And it was official; I was stuck. Things weren’t working out, and I honestly just wanted to give up. My employees didn’t notice, but I’d taken an advance trip and seen the writing on the wall.