A friend is a regional leader in the start-up space. His passion includes helping start-ups succeed. It is more than just talk, he is willing to put his personal money and with the words. The indications that he is seriously are endless. The one that impresses me the most is the extended boot camp for aspiring founders. While they do not need a technology background (everything is technology oriented) or an initial idea, several attributes are needed. Primary among them are passion, willingness to work, and an open heart of learning.
The criteria sound easy on paper. As I watch and participate in the workshops it is clear that they are anything but. A willingness to learn translates into a reality where you get direct feedback on everything you do. The message will not be softened or translated into something politically correct. The message will not be delayed until you are ready to hear it. It will be direct, clear, and without ambiguity. Understanding will occur. The words used will likely be few, monosyllable in nature, and very clear.
I suspect that many egos are initially bruised. I know that many think they are prepared while the actual number is much lower. I have watched the process work. I am a witness to the success that can follow.
For those that made it, they are thankful for everything they went through. Their description of the invitation starts at the beginning. You, the leadership, invited “people to camp in and enjoy. You set them up in business; they went from rags to riches.” (Psalm 68.10) Challenges, uncertainties, and fears are acknowledged but always in context of the outcome.
When I read about easy street opportunities I wonder if that is what I really want. Do I want to think I know that I believe or know within my heart because of being tested and tried? If I push boundaries, do I need to sweat and wonder if I will succeed? Is everything about the journey?
It is the journey. Friends include hard work, perseverance, and failure.