Adjust the narrative to reflect the fact that it takes time to establish experience and a network.
In Silicon Valley, there is a widespread misconception that only a group of 20-year-old college dropouts found startups. “The Social Network,” “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” the numerous Steve Jobs biopics, and even “Silicon Valley” on television—no matter where you look, the prevalent narrative is about young people achieving success.
Entrepreneurial individuals are more likely to launch businesses before the harshness of the real world saps their optimism and dulls their vision. But while youthful vigor can fuel and motivate fresh-faced founders, startup veterans are aware that there are other aspects of company development that are equally crucial.
God knows I’ve seen my fair share of startup pitches, and I’ve noticed a pattern: the greatest founders typically have some experience under their belts. Possessing a curated, personal database of solvable problems, people who may be able to assist, and a decent idea of who you can sell your product to once it has been created is advantageous.
Life abilities are frequently acquired with age. For instance, having children makes you a better manager because it teaches you the value of time and the importance of setting priorities. Parents are typically more resilient and patient, which are both essential startup characteristics. However, the true value of experience lies in its contribution to the development of a personal network.
When I received my journalism degree, I thought to myself, “Great! Now I understand the academic and theoretical context of journalism as well as the techniques journalists use to compose articles. What I lacked, however, was material to write about.