I was writing this during my gap time commuting to work. Sometimes I think back, everyone just envied the lives of Entrepreneurs but no one exactly knows the pain and fears behind one’s hard work to build a budding team, dream and perhaps, an empire.
For 1st time Entrepreneur, it will always be a steep learning curve where every steps and the path is relatively unknown but on another hand, I think it would be exciting.
I always believe finding a mentor to guide will help if one do not have the gift of business acumen as experiences will help to build it.
Sometimes I would to travel back time and advise my younger self,
I would say,
Start early because the first mover advantage will definitely help in Business.
And also be a bigger person.
People will laugh at your idea, shame your idea, put you down and etc. Dont bother to argue. The time spent to argue can be out into better use to build the business.
The biggest takeaway that I learnt during this tenure would be, the ability to say no and the ability to walk away. Both sometimes coincide but again, it takes a courage to say NO in Business.
When everyone always praised, “I wish that I can also earn this amount as you.” and all the I wish that I am you. But none will actually look beyond to realise whats the amount of efforts to reach where one is today. If one actually says, “I lauded your efforts and perseverance.” Most prolly, he/she is an Entrepreneur too.
So, support small and local business. You are helping one to build that dream and collectively build a sustainable business.
Thus I made it a point to support a friend’s business first prior to anything else. 🙂