Skippin' the Ladder
The Wall Street Journal just ran an article by Emily Meehan titled Young Entrepreneurs Aim To Skip Corporate Ladder. It cites a woman who launched a business venture about ten years ago that didn't succeed.
Ms. Baker was so absorbed in building her business that she lost track of many friends. "It was a very lonely time because nobody my age was really going through that."
While Jenny Baker's experience sounds quite painful overall, that feeling of loneliness seems to stick out in her mind. Rightfully so. Even as more young people start businesses, they'll still be overshadowed by the army of recent grads going into corporate training programs and law school.
I wonder if it would be just slightly different today, now that so many young entrepreneurs from all over the world are blogging, social networking on-line and appearing on podcasts. Perhaps we're forming a virtual Club of Terror.
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Great! The Club of Terror! I always think of terror as being a part of taking a risk, and late at night when I can't sleep I think of all the people tinkering with things in the middle of the night, in their garage/workshop/office trying to create something new....and when I stop by the cafe at 10 pm right before they're closing and see people buying double lattes.....clearly they're not going to bed anytime soon.
Posted by: emily meehan at April 24, 2006 2:22 PM