This was a subject of discussion in my head (yes, I tend to discuss a lot with myself) for a long time now. Why does it feel these days that being an Entrepreneur is much like being a Beauty Queen?
If you are a Beauty Queen, i.e. Miss World, you represent your country (and your sponsors) at least for a year, touring around, making charitable appearances, taking pictures with children in Africa, wearing dresses specially designed for you and seeing others falling of jealousy – “Wow, how lucky she is to be that beautiful, wish I was in her place”.
Entrepreneurs, likewise, have to be always fresh and smiley, kissing and hugging every customer they achieve, being BFF with investors, not mentioning the staff they hire (everyone now is ready to be ditched by a ‘cooler’ startup). They are on a mission to represent their company and convince everyone else that is a game-changer, well designed, not burning too much money and always ready to pivot. And, at the end of the first investment, you get comments like: “Oh, those nerds, lucky bustards!”
This is a very narrow picture of Beauty Queens and Entrepreneurs but you get the feeling that there is something similar to them, right?
The most clear point to me is – they both are ‘working’ to change the world. One standing on the stage with a perfect smile, promising to bring peace to the world and be a good ambassador, spread love and joy, etc. The other trying to convince the world that his / her product is not about doing business or making money – it’s about changing the world, disrupting and innovating.
Also, both of them are called extremely lucky, not evening mentioning the effort they had to put in to simply become professionals, or skilled enough to out-win others. Beauty Queens don’t wake up one morning thinking: “Oh, I think tomorrow I should become Miss America” (agree, this is very arguable 🙂 ). Lucky entrepreneurs are exactly the same – they don’t just have a great idea, they work hard with their brain & use cognitive approach to discover those ideas in their well-trained unconsciousness.
But one point shreds my theory into pieces. If you become a Beauty Queen you will be certain to receive a crown and wear it for a year for everyone to know – there she comes. If you happen not to bring peace to the world, no one will ever express hard feelings at you, especially after you give the crown to next lady in the queue. Safe choice.
If you are an entrepreneur, it is very likely, that scoring an investment or making a hard-sale will not take uncertainty away and you will continue working like a horse because when the press bubble dives-down you will have to worry about the next pivot, salaries to pay and competitors emerging every day on all parts of the world. Not that safe.
When little, I was dreaming to become a Beauty Queen and making the world a better place. My Mum always laughed at my silly talks. These days, when already being an adult, safe choices do not interest me that much anymore. That is why I chose to become an entrepreneur and make the world a better place, that is the only thing I’m certain about.