In my business planning and efforts I run into this thing all the time. I don`t know if it has a name, but I`m calling it the American poverty paradigm.
Today I was discussing my business planning with someone close to me, who`s known me essentially forever, and I was explaining that I need $17,000 in seed funding so I can get my web infrastructure and such built before launch. And his immediate response was that he will never have that kind of money, but he knows this girl who`s now up to $10 per hour temping over in Lewistown, why don`t I give that a shot?
I was dumbfounded. He was suggesting that I give up on this dream I`ve been nurturing for years and years, the opportunity to do some real good in the world as well as make some real money, to use my skill set and greymatter to their fullest potentials.... in favor of $10 per hour temp work. How does one even respond to that??
Underlying his statement was the fundamental assumption that starting a business, especially one of hte magnitude I`m planning, is simply an impossibility that I shouldn`t even consider. And he`s not the only one... many people in my life have this mindset that money is somehow "not allowed" except to people who are special, "above" everyone else, separated from humanity as superior beings or something. Often the first response I get when talking about my business is "You can`t do that" because, you know, clearly I`m not special enough.
I`m so sick of it. It`s not even discouraging anymore... it`s infuriating.
Okay done venting now.