As society becomes more dynamic, opportunities have grown tremendously all over the world, leading many people to opt for entrepreneurship rather than aiming for a corporate job. In spite of this, entrepreneurship is still misunderstood, and many people struggle to grasp the paradigm shift away from having a “secure” job that pays a monthly salary.
Is this false sense of security holding people back from their dreams? According to Ashton Wolfe and Felix Mohr, co-founders of PR and Business Development Company MohrWolfe, the answer is a resounding yes.
The term ‘wantrepreneur’ has been circulating recently because a lot of fake magnates claim their true ‘entrepreneur’ title for egotistical reasons.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a ‘wantrepreneur.’ It comes down to your passion and how high you aim your own goals, on your own terms,” says MohrWolfe, Director Felix Mohr. “A lot of it involves getting past self-doubt and pushing yourself to meet those goals even if you feel you may not have what it takes.”
After working for several years in corporate jobs, Ashton and Felix decided to pursue MohrWolfe in 2020 after realizing the true value of their skills — something that was under-appreciated during their time as employees. This scenario rings true for many, and a considerable number of disenfranchised employees around the world are realizing their true potential, especially after the rude awakening brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, which shattered the illusion of corporate stability.
As the world enters the “the new normal,” new niches are being found, and opportunities have been sprouting more than ever despite the doom and gloom, and many have taken advantage of new trends to build their businesses up. These include those who have begun making face masks, setting up food businesses, and offering a diverse list of online services.
Of course, starting a business isn’t easy and often involves having access to capital, technical skills, and business connections to get a business venture off the ground. On top of this, entrepreneurship also entails working round the clock and shouldering considerable risks that many may not be able or willing to endure. However, the point that MohrWolfe’s founders are trying to put forward is that the fruits of the labor involved in running one’s own business may be more fulfilling than the benefits provided by the run-of-the-mill 9-to-5 job many are trapped in.
For Ashton Wolfe, the start-up life is not only thrilling, but it also makes life more vibrant.
“Building something for yourself from the ground up not only feels like more of an accomplishment, but it also allows me to develop as a person in terms of skills and the ability to connect with people,” he says.” Working for that secure paycheck is nice, knowing what to expect the next month, but working towards your own goals, having that freedom, and knowing that your efforts directly benefit you and your stakeholders provide the excitement that is simply riveting.”
He adds: “the balance between security and freedom has entered people’s consciousness and a lot of people are starting to realize this throughout their quarantine periods.”
Again, entrepreneurship is not for everyone, and many may be in circumstances where job security is more of a necessity rather than a sign of complacency. As long as they are content with what they are doing, then more power to them!
For Felix and Ashton, however, while their corporate jobs have provided an enriching experience in terms of developing their skillsets and building their business connections with executives, high-net-worth individuals, and other entrepreneurs, leveraging these for their own goals has provided them a sense of freedom that made their professional lives more fulfilling — where their accomplishments directly benefit them rather than simply being a tick box for corporate KPI reports.
“No one is saying that having a corporate job is horrible and must be avoided at all costs,” Felix clarifies. “But the beauty of entrepreneurship is that it allows us to truly value our relationships rather than treating them as a set of contacts in our address book.”
“Your network is your net worth, after all,” he adds further.
All in all, those who have the means to pursue a life of entrepreneurship find that while they constantly need to be on their toes to face against a deluge of constant risk, the freedom and fulfillment they get from building something for themselves is simply incomparable.
MohrWolfe is an exclusive marketing firm that primarily focuses on building digital identities for individuals and businesses online. The firm provides the means for clients to leverage this crucial tool as a way of building relationships with their stakeholders.
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