Some weeks ago, I was travelling by bus from Abuja to Lagos, and while the bus was loading I saw this guy sitting at the boot of the bus with his laptop. I walked up to him and asked a question, “Excuse me, are you by chance a web designer?” He answered affirmatively. I went ahead to tell him about my startup and my current milestone of designing a topnotch e-commerce website. He gave me some compelling ideas. I could tell he was smart, he knew his work. This is the guy I need, I thought.
As we started on the journey, we talked more about the different aspects of website design. He further proved my impression of him right. Toward the end of the journey, I told him my partner and I were going to get back to him, and I bade him farewell. I was really enthusiastic about this guy’s services. In fact, as time went on I talked to my partner about having this guy on the team (it was a move that was going to cut costs of patronizing a web design company). My partner suggested that we talk to him about it.
We met, the three of us, and my partner re-introduced the business vision and his stake in the business. But he refused to work with us, stating that he was already working on a startup, and that he’d prefer to be contracted than to be on a team of passionate entrepreneurs. There was no need to convince him. He was the guy that didn’t believe.