Looking back now, I see the root of these questions was fear and I wasn’t alone. According to The Atlantic, “More than 40 percent of 25-to-34-year old Americans said a fear of failure kept them from starting a company in 2014; in 2001, just 24 percent said so.” While interest in entrepreneurship has been growing, apparently our anxiety has also increased.
I saw this firsthand here in Shanghai, China. People from all over the world came here with dreams of what they could create. Week after week at startup events, college campuses, and networking meet-ups, I met hundreds of people who were sick of the status quo, tired of living someone else’s dream, and aching for meaningful projects.