We are the idea generators. We are your siblings who sat at numerous family dinners listening to your ideas. The one who challenged you and saw things from a completely different angle. All the ones who annoyed you, but pushed you into thinking about things differently.
We are the accelerators. We are the uncle that knew something about the industry. The one who got you your first client meeting. Your boss who fired you, and made you think about your career differently. And made you so upset that you swore never to be employed by another person ever again.
It opened doors – within you and to new opportunities.
We are the supporters. We are the moms and the dads who always believed in you. The lover who wiped your tears when you thought there was no hope. The ones who said you were the best – just because we realized you didn´t need honesty at just that point in time. The ones who picked you up when you needed it. The ones who ensured you carried on when things looked dark.
We are the confidence boosters. We are your former professor who gave you the courage to believe in yourself. We are the angel investor who funded you when others wouldn´t. We are your first employee who wanted to work with you instead of someone else (who would pay more). The ones who believed in the company. The team. The idea. The ones who made you trust and believe in the route you were on.
We are the team. We are everyone who helped you along the way. We are the ones you didn´t know at the time would make the difference. We are the ones you didn´t know would count this much. We are the ones who made you reach your goal.
It made you self-sufficient.
Now – what´s next for us? It was fun while it lasted. We all had our role along the way. Now you don´t need us any longer. What to do next? We dread and long for the day.
This article was inspired by an article on the “invisibles” who make things happen I read today in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
You might find this article interesting, where I wrote about all the different kinds of entrepreneurs there are. I briefly mentioned the people behind them back them as well.