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Entrepreneur letter to corporate employee

  • By Alan Knott-Craig
  • June 4, 2016

entrepreneur letter


Dear Jane,


I understand why you’re choosing to start your own business.


The corporate beast is killing your soul, I get it.


But is that enough to take the path less travelled?


Perhaps it is because you know you can be great. I’m sure many people have complimented you over the years, and whilst some of it was smoke being blown up your ass, most of it was sincere and that’s great.


But it doesn’t matter what other people say, it only matters what you believe inside.


Self-belief is the rare part. Many corporate denizens are quite happy to soak up the glory of their position, whilst silently suspecting they’re a fraud. Its called Imposters Syndrome. Google it.


You need to have a voice in your head urging you to take the plunge. If you have that voice, you’re different.


That’s why you’re taking this risk.


You know if you don’t try, you’ll be old one day and look back and regret your life, not because you didn’t make a big dent in the world, but because you didn’t try! And, as you know, you’re not getting any younger :-).


Not only do you have the secret voice, you have the twin advantages of a cash buffer (you’re a saver), and a spouse that wants you to be happy more than he wants you to be rich.


So it makes sense why you’re willing to sacrifice a low-risk financial future and follow your heart.


The path less traveled has rewarded me in many ways, financially, emotionally and educationally, but the part that has hooked me most of all is the vividness of the journey. I know my “narrative” will never fade and it’s going to captivate my grandkids.


We only have one life, if we’re fortunate enough to be able to chase our dreams, we should.




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