Managing Partner at Wamda Capital- Fadi Ghandour shares his views in an interesting article on Linkedin. Here he states that the best decision for youth, fresh graduates and young aspiring entrepreneurs is to join a start-up. He talks about how the youth lack clarity while choosing career paths. In his article, he also mentions how young professionals steer into different directions; while some choose to join well-established corporations, others try a more creative, innovative and challenging path.
Fadi Ghandour also shares his experience of establishing his own start-up at twenty-two, and how his failures and successes have in turn given him valuable insights and helped him in the long run.
“I want to tell you why it’s a good idea for you to consider joining a small start-up, or starting your own. Part of the attraction of joining a start-up is size. While size matters, bigger is not always better. Small is beautiful, because it gives you the kind of experiences you will never get in a big corporation. Small gives you big chances to learn more, contribute more, and grow in a way that will exceed your expectations. Small companies not only celebrate individual contributions; they are driven by them. When you are a vital part of a smaller team, it enhances your individual impact, increases your responsibility, and allows you to continually add and create value through what you do. When you and your teammates are committed to the same dream, you develop a unique kind of fellowship and camaraderie. You get to work with actual entrepreneurs, real innovators and social rebels who are leveraging technology to make people’s lives easier and more convenient. Instead of sitting at a desk all day, you get to interact with clients, investors, mentors and other entrepreneurs, enriching your knowledge and experience.
All jobs provide the opportunity to learn. What is beautiful about working for a small start-up, however, is the greater freedom you have: the removal of limitations and the embracing of challenges. You learn by doing; you learn through trial and error; and you experiment, innovate and create. Every step forward, every success, makes you hungrier, and drives you further. You have the freedom to seek more knowledge, to take risks, seize opportunities, thrive, and grow. It’s not about thinking outside the box-as more and more innovators believe – it’s recognizing that there is no box.” -says Fadi Ghandour on Linkedin.
He also talks about how corporate jobs provide security and have a predictable routine. While on the other hand, start-ups are fast paced and work on a daily-basis, which provides for thrilling experiences.
However, while talking about the highs of joining a start-up, Fadi Ghandour provides an insight on lows.
“In case it all sounds too good to be true, I have to pause here and caution that there will be times when you will face enormous and difficult challenges. The potential for great success is often accompanied with the potential for great failure. But strangely enough, it is the failures that will teach you the most. To succeed, you will have to embrace failure when it happens, and learn to bounce back stronger than before.
Some will argue that working with a startup means working hard, long hours, for lower pay. I agree, but this is an investment you make in yourself. The range of skills and knowledge you will gain are invaluable. Because of the fluid nature of the challenges startups face, your job will also be fluid, changing and evolving according to the circumstances; giving you the opportunity to expand your skillset and experience by taking on different roles and tasks. As for the low pay, consider stock options, which might be of huge benefit if the startup does well.”- Fadi Ghandour.
He concludes by saying that joining a start-up or building one will either make you rich if successful, or will enhance your knowledge and skillset, providing you with a positive life changing experience.
You can read his full article here: Original Source