This sentence from “Only Fools and Horses”(British sitcom from 80s and 90s) summarize the dream of most entrepreneurs.
Check this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp5hxHPlTq8
But, to be able to have such dreams – you must sail with your own ship – start a company or be one of founders (there are lso many other ways, I know, but let’s stick to this).
If you are still in organization as “normal” employee, you can say “I will have … next year”, but in 99% of cases you couldn’t say that you’ll be a millionaire.
Start a company or live on the safe side?
Is there a middle way? Well, there is the Intrapreneurship. You can be an entrepreneur in your current organization. This could generate new product and help in gaining benefits or promotion, but it could also satisfy the internal curiosity or the entrepreneurial spirit for persons who want to play on the safe side. The only problem lies in the fact that not every organization is prepared for intrapreneurship. Innovation and idea process is not introduced to every company. In my part of the world (let’s say South-East Europe) innovation management in a company is sadly still an exception.
I’m often drinking coffee with friends, who all like me work in software companies, smaller or bigger. They are mostly satisfied with their work and life, except one friend who owns a startup – he has so many problems. New projects, new customers, so many different regulations and laws, dealing with employees and of course new ideas which can fail in many cases. But I always cheers him up with: “You are the only one among us who can say: Well, this time next year I’ll be a millionaire!”
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