The Adventurous Nature of the Entrepreneur

Published: 7 March 2022

Let’s take it back to the days of the intrepid explorer. Traversing ruthless waters, sparse deserts and harsh terrains in search of adventure. Bearing on despite the fear of the unknown in hopes of discovering treasures unseen and wonders uncharted.

We believe that it is this same spirit that steers the entrepreneur. There is a yearning for success that supersedes the obstacles that block the road ahead. There us the trepidation that comes when conditions are murky. The idea is that without the risk, there is no reward and the decision to forge new paths when the ones left by others no longer serve you.

At Retail Capital, we celebrate the adventurous nature of the entrepreneur, and here are a few reasons why.

The Importance of Groundwork

Any expedition, like any business, begins with research, planning and plotting. Every capable explorer knows that if adventure is the destination, preparation paves the road towards it. Although unknowns and obstacles will certainly block your way, understanding as much as you can about the journey is a crucial shortcut to success. Learn not only about the field you wish to explore, but also about those you may share it with, threats and dangers, and untapped possibilities. The world is your oyster, but only those who come prepared nab the pearl.

Perseverance Despite the Odds

Stock delays? Electricity hikes? Skills shortages? The road you’ve chosen is not an easy one and your groundwork prepared you for that. Somehow you find yourself irrevocably drawn onwards to the goal you envision. It is this limitless endurance and grit that makes you so special: a leader, a forward thinker, a master in your own right, and a true adventurer.

Adapt or Die Trying

The one constant in life we can rely on is change. Be prepared, but also leave room to shift, pivot and realign. Your environment is certain to adapt to changing conditions, and so should you – or risk getting left behind. It’s crucial to your own survival to have a finger on the pulse at all times. This allows you to detect the earliest signs of change in rhythm in the SME economic landscape.

Let Experts Guide Your Way

Use the knowledge and resources of those that have gone before you. Partner with and learn from those that share your path and have achieved the successes you aspire to. As is the cry of many entrepreneurs, you may insist on persisting alone. However, the wise adventurer knows his limits and can summon the humility to ask for help when he needs it.

If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

We recognise that courage is not necessarily the absence of fear, but the drive to move forwards despite it. This is why we are committed to being not only a small business funder, but a partner in assisting you to achieve your Business Vision. While you may not know what the next bend in the road may bring, you can feel secure in knowing that you have an industry giant guiding and cheering you on your journey. Running a business is a marathon in its own right. Accessing the business funding you need to unlock your fullest potential shouldn’t be another hurdle. Instead, our approach to tailored funding solutions with personalised service from application to disbursement, allows you to reach your next milestone. This is possible all without the added baggage of red tape, endless paperwork and impractical collateral agreements.

Leave a Legacy

And when the final step is taken at the summit, bags unpacked and camp made, it is your legacy that remains for those that follow. Leaving a legacy is about building an enterprise and empire that is designed to last; that understands, accounts for and spearheads the advances of the future. It’s about changing the world for the better by making a lasting impact beyond the physical. Your legacy can survive through succession, innovation, charity or social impact.

As Pericles proclaimed, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

Adventurous By Nature – that’s the spirit of an entrepreneur. No mountain high or valley low can cause you to stray from the course that calls you ever onwards. This is your destiny, and we’re here to act as your supporter as you navigate the highs and lows of life as an entrepreneur. After all, when you have the right Tribe behind you, impossible is just a word.

We want to give South African Small Business Owners a chance to showcase their adventurous spirit, both in and out the office. Submit your business BHAG for 2022, as well as a photo or video of you that captures your adventurous spirit and you could stand a chance to WIN a brand new Apple Macbook Air 256GB! Learn more here.