Disclaimer: If you're American, a feminist, politically sensitive, and never lived or travelled long term abroad, you will be offended by this post. So "reader discretion" is advised :)
Opinion vs. Experience
I haven't lived in the US for 4 years, so I've changed and evolved since living abroad.
I know, some of you may think "people don't change" well I have.
Anyone can have an opinion, shaped by what they read and watch, by where they live and who their friends are.
But then, there are experiences, which can be very rewarding and expands one's perspective.
Disclaimer: I can't write a universal perspective of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur, let alone a in a foreign land, because everyone has a different experience, and journey. But there are some hard truths that I discovered in my journey, that I share on my blog that upset a few people.
I'm back in the US, living at home, and I want to continue the discussion from my last post about the 3 types of entrepreneurs I've met.
If you haven't read it, read it HERE.
Why People Disagree?
Now I expected disagreement, because not everyone neatly fits into those 3 categories.
And I recognise I have limited experience as an entrepreneur, in a foreign land, because I'm not married, I don't have children, I'm heterosexual, and I've never worked in the corporate world.
However, people are certainly uncomfortable reading about social class, wealth, and how their private relationships and wealth influences their success.
What is wrong with analysing your supportive network, and admitting how people and wealth contribute to your success?
Because even the most successful entrepreneurs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerburg, give credit to their spouses, family, friends, employees, teachers, and mentors who have helped them along the way.
The essential point of my last blog post was that no one can do it alone.
Everyone gets some kind of help.
My Current Situation
I'm going home. I didn't plan to go home until Thanksgiving. But, I'm out of options of supporting myself and my startup. So I'll be in the US for a few months.
As for my incredible job opportunity, as a Community Manager at an accelerator, the bureaucracy of hiring a foreigner in Thailand (for every foreigner a company must have 4 Thai's, unless it has a BOI), is too costly.
Am I disappointed?
Yes, because it would have been the perfect job.
But, this experience has taught me I'm a valuable asset in the local startup ecosystem and at home I could use my expertise of the startup ecosystem in Asia to find another job.
However, the greatest lesson I've learned living as an entrepreneur in Thailand is that
there're are only 3 ways to be an entrepreneur in a foreign land.
I'm back in Bangkok. I no longer live in Sukhumvit, and moved back to Sathorn, my old neighbourhood. I'm living in a hostel, starting all over. How did I get here? Is all hope lost? Not exactly. Because this time, I'm starting over on my own terms.
Three years ago, when I first came to Bangkok, it was supposed to be temporary. I wasn't supposed to stay longer than 2 weeks, as I was planning to return to teach English in China. But the longer I stayed, I fell in love with Bangkok, from the food, ease of getting around the city with the Sky Train, and a lot of people spoke English.