One day a little boy went to his father and said, “Dad, I want to build the tallest building in our village”. The father looked at him and told him, “Stop looking at the tall building.
Start with one block and two, then three and four” the boy was unhappy by his father’s advice so he asked, “How can one, two and three blocks become a Skyscraper?” the father answered, “everything starts
from zero” I’ll explain this story as we go on in this article, as I’ll try to use this write-up to share with you the reason why you don’t need money to start a business.
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To start with, I think you and I need to be on the same page.
When I said that you don’t need money to start a business, I mean, you don’t need your own money to start a business.
I mean, you don’t need to have money to start a business.
I mean, if as you read this article, you have zero dollars to your name, that’s still;l not enough excuse to not start a business.
Zero to a Hundred I’ve talked about the concept of zero to
a hundred in one of our article and I think a lot of people liked it, so I want to talk about it again.
You see, it’s very important for you as a potential entrepreneur to understand that entrepreneurship is not the process of turning 50 to 100.
Entrepreneurship is the process of turning zero to a hundred.
If I can convince the whole world to understand this simple concept, we’ll have too many companies this time next year.
You see, the reason why most people cannot be an entrepreneur is that they are waiting for the 50 they would turn to hundred.
When people wait for the 50 they want to turn to a hundred, most times, they will not see the 50 and then they will make excuses that the reason why they can’t start a business is that they don’t have money.
No. you don’t need to have money to build a business.
You just need to learn and know how to turn zero to a hundred.
How do you turn zero to a hundred?
My life drastically changed around the year 2007/8.
What happened was that, for the first time in my life, I came across the concept of OPM(Other People’s Money).
I latter understood OPT (Other People’s Time) and OPB (Other People’s Brains).
When I understood these concepts, I was born into a new world, a new world of unlimited possibilities.
Instead of thinking and worrying about what I didn’t have, I instead started learning how to get what I didn’t have from the people who have it.
Isn’t that interesting? What if you can learn how to get whatever you need from the people who do have it?
What if you can get all the money you need to start a business from the people who have the money?
What if you can get all the time you need to build a company from the people who have it? What if you can get all the brain-power you need from the people who have it? Yes, you actually can get everything you need to start a business, from the people who do have those things.
I’m not telling you motivational words here. I’m telling you about the game I’ve played for 11 years.
I took myself from extreme poverty to a reasonable wealth, juts by learning how to get whatever I needed from where has it.
The Impossible World Yesterday I was reading a book by Gary Vee and he said “You’ll always see what you’re looking for”
This statement resonates so much with me because I grew up from one of the most negative society you can ever imagine. I’m an African and if you’re an American or European make sure you read to the end, I’m sorry,
there are no words for me to describe the kinds of the society where I grew up. You just can’t understand. I mean, a world where almost everyone I knew believes that we’re in hellfire.
The world where the media never write or say any positive thing.
The world where nobody in your family will ever encourage you to do anything extra-ordinary.
But in the very world, I decided to look for the possibility of building a company, even though I had no money.
I learned about negotiation. I read about humans and the way their brains work. I read tons of books about business, life and how people actually rose from zero to hundred. As I read, I took action. As I took actions, I made mistakes and failed.
The more I act, the more I got feedback in the form of mistakes and the better I became. Napoleon Hill said, “There are too many resources in the world for those who know how to get it” and I can tell you that that’s true.
At a point in my entrepreneurial life, I had to reject someone who wanted to invest in my business because I already had more than enough money from someone else. But again, someone will read this article and say, “Well, that’s not possible in my country” Well, you’ll always see what you look for.
Whatever you believe is possible is what you will learn how to achieve.
If I didn’t believe that it’s possible to build a company without money, I wouldn’t wake up every day to learn how to achieve it.
If you think it’s not possible to get all the resources you need to start a business from others, I respect your opinion and wish you good luck.
The world needs proof I’ve met so many people who wanted to start
a business and said, “No one helps me”.
The question I asked them is, “How have you proved that you believe in your vision?”
You see, I’ve often said here on this site that nobody cares about you and many people have misinterpreted that for what I didn’t mean.
When I said that nobody cares about you, I don’t mean that people don’t love you. I instead mean that every human thinks about himself first and you only come second.
You’re the only person who can think about yourself first so don’t ever expect that anyone else believes in you when you’ve not shown that you believe in yourself.
If you want to see what I’m saying in the practical sense, I appeal to you to watch Shark Tank.
Shark Tank is a TV show where entrepreneurs try to get investors to invest in their businesses.
Watch this show and notice the kinds of businesses these investors invest in.
Two things become obvious; First, sharks never invest in any idea except
they perceive that the owner of the idea believes in his idea.
Seconds, how they know you believe in your idea is that you have done something about it. You have started it in a little way. You have tested the market and I have proof that people want your product.
Building a skyscraper from the middle Remember the story I told you at the beginning of this article?
That boy wanted to build a skyscraper but he didn’t want to start with a single block.
Most potential entrepreneurs are like that and that’s why they never get anyone to support their vision.
Again, entrepreneurship is not about turning 50 to a hundred.
It’s about turning zero to a hundred. Do you want to build a skyscraper?
Go and buy a block first. If you don’t have money to buy a block, go and do hard labor to get the money. Make the one block two and two blocks four.
Make four-block eight and make eight-block 16.
As you’re building, keep on learning and believing.
Read books from the people who have achieved what you want to achieve and learn about the subject and the average man won’t care about it.
Learn about human psychology, negotiation, and marketing.
Learn about human relationships and leadership.
If you don’t know books you should read on these subjects, search google for, “Best books on any one of these” As you struggle to build one block another and learn, then try and persuade people to support your vision.
Please Note; you don’t try and persuade people to support an existing business because no reasonable person will support such.
You can only get people to supply you 500 blocks after you already laid 20 blocks on your own because your action is the sign that you have faith in yourself. And yes, when you try and get the resources you need from other people, you’ll meet with a lot of rejections.
Don’t take it personally and don’t assume that nobody wants to help you because of someone is actually waiting for you.
The summary of the whole matter is this; you’ll always get what you look for.
If you believe that you’re doomed and can’t start a business since you don’t have money,
you’ll have enough evidence to support that.
If you believe that nothing in the world can stop you from building a company, being broke
cannot stop you.
I rest my case!
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