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Jan 05, 2019 11:05:51

Entrepreneurship and Mastery

by @basilesamel PATRON | 306 words | 385🔥 | 433💌

Basile Samel

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I have a personal statement I live by:

Mastery is the goal. Tech, travel and writing are the tools.

Entrepreneurship is one of the hardest things you can do nowadays. Many try, few succeed. But I love a good challenge, and this is one of the reasons why I decided to go at it full-time straight out of college.

Entrepreneurship is the best way to confront your craft to reality.

I'm graduating as a software engineer in March this year. I can't say the perspective of having a stable job where I get to work regular hours for a great wage is not attracting. I would be glad to get my hands on any golden handcuff. But the problem isn't there: only by building a tech company can I really shine as a hacker.

It teaches me the necessary skills to excel in software engineering. Engineering is increasingly less about maintenance and more about creating great products.

A great product is useful, and it is used by many. Consequently, making a great tech product really is all about acquiring the self-discipline to execute on an idea at a high speed (technical mastery) while displaying a variety of highly marketable skills (marketing, branding, customer support etc.).

The success of a venture mostly depends on the ability to solve a real problem. Luck has its part, but don't fool yourself, it's a marginal part.

Entrepreneurship is the surest way to mastery.

Maybe one day I will run out of savings and I will have to get a job.

Is it so bad? I don't think so. Worse fates can befall me any time.

What more, you get to help people on a daily basis through your own work, so you always get that going for you which is highly rewarding if you take the time to appreciate it.

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    @basilesamel - so TRUE!
    Very well written.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 07, 2019 20:33:56
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    @basilesamel hey I've got a quick question - i'd like to become patron but i can only pay through payPal are you planning to introduce this channel? all the best in 2019

    Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Jan 05, 2019 20:26:35
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      @jmaga Thanks JM :) What's wrong with a Stripe payment? It's more secure than Paypal.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 09:48:29
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      @jmaga Thanks JM :) What's wrong with a Stripe payment? It's more secure than Paypal.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 09:48:30
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      @basilesamel the problem is that I cannot use a card - I can only make transfers to paypal from my account and then pay this way :(

      Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Jan 06, 2019 10:41:54
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      @jmaga I see :) The problem with Paypal is that they take too much fees. On a 2$ bill I'm left with not much, and their policy is kind of annoying so I don't really want to support them.

      Give me a bit of time to figure out how we can work something out! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 11:14:19
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    @basilesamel Stay away from the golden handcuffs for as long as possible!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 05, 2019 15:45:25
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      @brandonwilson I don't plan on leaving 200WaD any time soon :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 09:47:38
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    @basilesamel Had much of the same thinking when I graduated. I think you're spot on, there will be no job in the world that will teach you in the same way as running your own thing will teach you.

    I missed one thing, though:
    I thought I would learn faster just by making mistakes on my own and trying more things, because in the end I thought my customers would be the best teacher I could have. This proved to be wrong. Having someone to consult with, who runs a similar business as oneself, just at a larger scale is INVALUABLE.

    AG avatar AG | Jan 05, 2019 13:36:40
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      @ag yes, 100% agree! but you can have access to those advisors without working for them :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 05, 2019 13:49:39
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      @basilesamel Absolutely! And in reality most would love to just help out a younger/earlier version of themselves.

      AG avatar AG | Jan 05, 2019 13:56:37
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