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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Social Entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr On Why Entrepreneurs Should Marry Young

Alan Knott-Craig is a social entrepreneur involved in a non-profit initiative, Project Isizwe, championing free Wi-Fi in under-serviced areas. He shared his thoughts on why he thinks entrepreneurs should marry young.

Knott-Craig got married at 25 to a chartered accountant, which he admits is helpful in entrepreneurship. A second income, and a strong one, can be a great way of cushioning an entrepreneur from the financial blows of failure. However, he is not suggesting that young people get married simply as a career move. Yes, there should be love, he added. It should be the right person. But he argues that marrying the right person at a young age does have advantages for entrepreneurs. “It’s a no-brainer, and it lowers your overheads.”

Looking back, he believes it was one of the reasons he was able to focus on his entrepreneurial ventures at such an early age. “I stopped going out on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night – so I wasn't hungover, I wasn't tired and I wasn't spending [unnecessary] money. During the week I was not constantly SMSing and chatting with girls… No distractions. I worked much harder,” he explained. “And the compounded effect of all those extra hours I had for five years – while all my friends were playing the field and then got married at 30 – got me ahead of the pack.”

And then there is the emotional support that a marriage provides. “There are ups and downs in an entrepreneur’s life – wins and losses,” continued Knott-Craig, adding that he has had his share of both during his career. He admits there has been times when his ego has gotten ahead of him, and times when he has fallen. In both cases, his wife has been there to keep him grounded, put things in perspective, or help him get back into the game.

1 comment:

  1. Allan!! You are absolutely right, but only, I repeat, only with the right woman. Not only for entrepreneurs but in other areas of life.