Entrepreneurship Porn

Morra Aarons-Mele in her HBR Blog The Dangerous Rise of “Entrepreneurship Porn” talks about the hype that the media creates around entrepreneurs, highlighting things that makes entrepreneurs look glamorous and those who work for others look dumb. 

 
I agree, media needs to have a balanced view of the start-ups / entrepreneurs as well as big established organizations. While as an entrepreneur you are your own boss and you can take some liberties for the same, what happens in reality is that you are accountable for everything in your work place – be it a tap not working in your wash room or a client demanding an action on the day you planned to take your family out for dinner. There are enough stories that say that entrepreneurs are married to their enterprises and not their spouses, that is if they have one. The work life balance – precisely the bait that people in large organizations want to fall for can be totally absent in the early days of most companies.
 
Morra’s blog focuses on the impact that such media coverage has on big organizations. I would like to add that not many of us have the talent, perseverance and passion to put everything aside in life for the company. Many of us work for making a living, by doing things that others want us to do and lead a decent life as long as we do what is expected of us. We can succeed and thrive in a ‘work for someone else’ environment as well. Just like there are many examples of successful entrepreneurs, there are many examples of success stories within corporate walls. With a balanced view one can always make a more informed decision of where one wants to be.
 
Ultimately, it is also about what drives you from inside. Do you really have an idea or a concept that does not let you sleep at night? Do you want an easy life where you do not have to worry if your next month’s bills will be paid? Do you have appetite for risk? Can you take calculated risk by working in the space you love but may be working for someone else?

Anuradha Goyal