Sometimes I get questions like this: “I wonder if I should start my own startup now or get experience in a company first.”
To me, it sounds like a “putting the cart before the horse” question.
“Should I start my company?”, to me, is a “how” question. You need to figure out the “what” question first.
Think about marriage. No one really says “by this time next year, should I be married or be dating someone?” when you don’t have anyone with you today. That’s kind of absurd.
But if/when you meet the right (wo)man, the “how” part would usually follow naturally. (Date first? For how long? Is marriage part of the plan here? etc.)
As an aspiring entrepreneur, you should get the “what” part locked down first:
- What is your life’s mission? What do you think you were put on this earth for?
- What unique problems do you constantly get attracted to and can’t wait to solve?
- What are the questions that just don’t seem to leave your brain? What are you constantly obsessed about?
When you know exactly what you want to do in your (entrepreneurial) life, the how part becomes easier to find, or even sometimes just figures itself out.