In 2012 there seems to be a lot of things that tend to be more expensive to do than they once were. The cost of fuel, utilities, food, you name it seems to be forever on the rise. Maybe this was the part of growing up, that our parents warned us about when we were coming up. Where they would tell you not to grow up too fast, to enjoy the days of youth where you had very little worries in the world.
You see I’m a dreamer; I’ve always been one. At the age of eight-years old, I realized that I’m a leader, and that one-day, in some way be my own boss. That everyday I would wake up feeling fulfilled, because I was going to be doing something that I truly loved to do. I would put on my suit, pick up my briefcase and head to my office andtry to take over the world go run my company. The thing that our parents knew that we didn’t know as children was the introduction of the misfortune or fortune (how ever you want to look at it) of the “real world”. Debt is a major key player in what we know as the real world. Something I know all too much about; upon graduation, my tuition balance will probably be in the range of a base model luxury vehicle.
Something I didn’t think much about when we were 8, is that it actually takes capital to start a business. Just an idealistic concept isn’t going to cut it in the loan office. A lot of recent grads are paying on their tuition bills, and other living expenses, and don’t make a lot of income. With the financial strain that is taking place within our own economy, there aren’t a lot of institutions that would be willing to take the risk on a young person with little to no collateral.
Millions of young dreamers nationwide are looking for is a solution to that. The natural thing to do when faced with a problem is a way to conquer it. The old cliché saying, “if there is a will, there is a way”, is the answer. As the late Steve Job’s said in his 2005 Stanford commencement address, “Stay Hungry, stay foolish”. You have to have the faith in your company that everything is going to workout some how, some way.
Arthur Stuart is the Co-Founder of Shift Here and Director of the The Time is Now Festival. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, that continues to serve as a student & young professional liaison and entrepreneurship ambassador. He can be reached by email at Arthur.Stuart10 [at] gmail.com