Here I also give a concrete example.
I met several Japanese college students who were volunteers at Slush, the event for investors and entrepreneurs at Helsinki.
Two of them had very opposite actions.
Let’s call them A and B.
Both of them came from overseas to be volunteers at Slush.
I took the same attitude to both of them. (Greeting wherever meet at the conference and talk whenever having time)
However, A didn’t try to talk more or deeper after a short conversation. She basically just answered my questions briefly.
She didn’t have many questions to me, my business or entrepreneurship, which means she was not interested.
So I couldn’t image or think to provide her any opportunities.
Simply because I can’t trust someone who is not so interested in building relationship.
B behaved quite differently.
She tried to have more conversation after first short talking, and had more interests in knowing how entrepreneurs work.
Putting aside the possibility of her personal positive feeling to me, I can simply decide to offer her first opportunity.
The chance is to offer her a small job of market research with 50 euros compensation.
It’s a very small chance.
However, a small chance is better than nothing. A small chance may bring you bigger chance.
By completing this small job, she can prove she can act to an opportunity.
Then by earning small trust through this small work, she may earn better chance for herself next time.
The bigger chance I can provide is the important information from me and a potential position in my company.
“If I provide a position from my company, you can get a working visa in Finland. Then you can get study grant for 500 euros per month if you owns a working visa and study in a degree program in Finland. Together with the small amount of salary I can provide, the chance will be studying and working in Finland with a certain amount of income.”
Finnish study grant is not provided for international students who own student visas, but it’s provided for those who own working visas.
Besides, the lowest salary in Finland is 1,165 euros per month.
Then, in total it would be 1,665 euros monthly income for a full-time student and employee.
It’s not a bad chance for a college student who doesn’t have working experience.
It’s a chance that you can earn a master’s degree together with 2 years experience in an oversea startup and get income the same to the level of a full-time young worker in Japan.
As a person just graduated from college, taking an average salary of 1,700 euros per month in a big Japanese company and waiting for a couple of year for chances, and studying in a master program in Europe while getting working experience in an European startup for two years, which one is a better chance? How will people grow differently?
I think the answer is clear.
Some people may think that I’m showing off something, but it’s nothing but a true chance.
Only employer can offer a chance for working visa.
Only those who know much about social security system in Finland can provide this information.
Unfortunately A didn’t have the chance.
Some people may say that this kind of chance is not important.
Since I don’t recruit people who are not active to chances, and I don’t believe that those passive people are worthy hiring anyway.