If you are a student – either in school or college – and if you are clear that you want to become an entrepreneur some day, below are some suggestions that you may find useful:
- Volunteer in the sponsorships committee at college events. The process of approaching people and companies for sponsorships will teach you a thing or two about selling and convincing people. It makes you comfortable with pitching.
- If you have the chance, intern in a role that requires you to sell. Anything. A sales role helps you understand how difficult it is to sell something, and helps you calibrate your assumptions when you start your own venture. A sales role also helps you become comfortable with failure and rejection. This will help you become more persistent and resilient in your own venture.
- Restrict your lifestyle to a very low cash requirement. Even if you do take up a job after college, try to restrict your lifestyle as that will give you much more flexibility to bootstrap and start something that you wish to pursue.
- Be observant. Even when you volunteer or intern or take up a job, observe how different aspects of a business are managed. Some of these things will teach you how to do things, and some will teach you how not to do certain things.
Overall, whether you want to start something of your own, or want to take up a job, be entrepreneurial in your approach. Being entrepreneurial means being driven by something that excites you, thinking through all aspects of executing that idea, being responsible and committed to making it a success. And overall taking ownership of that concept.
Wish you all the best. Go win. In whatever you choose to do.