If I hadn't launched a start up a couple of months ago anyway, I wouldn't be where I am today - looking back and feeling proud of what has achieved.
Zero entrepreneurial experience, zero credibility, and zero funds. It’s tempting not to try.
Do it anyway! Turn setbacks into opportunities.
Start a business, challenge yourself to grow through a meaningful plan, you’ve always wanted it. Yes, you know that’s hard. It's a lot of work. That’s life. You get to do what you want and you get to do it your way. You are your own boss. Big time! There’s just one catch. You’ve got to begin somewhere.
Ideas and opportunities don’t just materialize out of air. You get inspiration from frustrations, and find the hidden opportunity within and relevant solutions. Building your own ideas into projects from scratch takes every bit of your heart, soul, blood, and sweat. No amount of knowledge is ever enough. While you have your own set of expertise, you need to stay-up-to-date of your environment, as well as your competitors. You need to know when to give up, when to pivot, and when to persist. From what’s new, what’s not to what will happen in the coming day, you need to be well versed. You need to be prepared for the best and the worst. You need to be prepared for the unexpected, bear in mind Covid-19. You need to master your mind, more ways out, above all a vision to strongly believe in. Do not feel a loss of direction.
You take full control of your work, assess your progress by how far you’ve come rather than how far you need to go. Enjoy what you have accomplished and enhance it. Learn and improve upon the skills your business could benefit from, especially during lockdown. Don’t get stuck, and don’t be too judgy.
You must fall in love with the work, not the end result. Although sprints of work can accomplish goals, they don’t create ongoing momentum. It’s much more effective to set up systems that force you to implement your action plan on a regular basis. Focus on small improvements every day, be aware of the resources and competences you are in power of or you can afford in the present. Stay strong. You'll refine your approach and get more efficient over time.
You don't back down and not evaporate the initial excitement of your ideas, don’t be afraid of inevitable doubts and challenges on the way, do not creep these in to hold, counter the obstacles, track them down, and try to solve them. Rely on you. Be smart enough to know when you need help.
If you know what you’re doing, you'll get things right. Find a meaning in your work.If you make mistakes, learn quickly from them and move fast. You've simply got to change your mindset around failure, grab it and get the best out of it. You’ll grow more quickly because you’ll start making better mistakes, and better decisions. The faster you fall, the quicker you rise. The better you stand out.
Here is the truth: You can be a beginner, but you are not scared to fail, you are not afraid others will see a failure. Do the impossible, perform with excellence. Make a dream team, make it deeper, fiercer and more focused.
Bet on your values, on your skills, don’t let your passion and courage die.
Bet on your business and where you want your projects to look like in the future.
You can still win big!