We need to test ourselves.


I have a different view of the life to many other people.

I believe that we need to test ourselves. I don’t believe that we have been put on this world to cruise through our life. I believe that to get the real pleasure out of being alive, I need to stretch myself.

I have learnt that as I have gone through life, it is only those people who have known the depths of failure who fully enjoy the pleasures of success.

I meet so many people who take the safe route through life. They spend 40 years doing just enough in their job, some become managers, even reaching senior positions, you know them “the Jobs Worth” I call them.  They reach their positions by taking as few risks as possible, always following the company line.  They believe it is the safer way.

You know them, we meet them every day, but how boring.

I often wonder how they would have survived if they were reincarnated as an animal in the wild.  To survive in the wild, the animals have to fight to survive.  Being a Jobs Worth in the animal kingdom leads to an early death, while in our world we promote them!

You see I have learnt that it is facing challenges and taking risks that makes me a better person.

This is why I believe that if you start your own business, you are going to test yourself, and by testing yourself you become a better and more complete person while learning so much more about yourself.

To be an entrepreneur does not just mean being a money grabbing business man, in reality it means going beyond your own personal boundaries, in this way it is matched by nothing else.

If you feel guilty about building a business that just makes you and your colleagues wealthy, you can help others by starting a Social Enterprise.  They have been developed to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment.  They make money just like other businesses, the difference is that they put their profits back into the business or the local community. So when they profit, society profits.

Running a social enterprise is just as testing and running any other business, it will test your skills as much, while helping your community.

So what I am really saying is don’t be a “Jobs Worth”, challenge yourself and be proud to be an entrepreneur.

Tony Dalton