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Today marks the last day of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of all the innovators and idea-makers out there. I don’t think the timing could be better to launch my blog. After all, it’s reading about entrepreneurs and businesses that I got the impetus to build a platform aimed at exploring and sharing my own ideas on the matter… And maybe grow my own potential into starting a business of my own.
So, last Tuesday, I was invited by one of my entrepreneurial friends to attend MTL NewTech’s event. Although I couldn’t stay for the whole evening, I got to network with entrepreneurs of all sorts, people from all horizons, of all ages and either with or without experience as business owners. There were also head-hunters and potential investors in the crowd, making this gathering an information mine for whomever wanted to learn about the underlying mechanisms of the world of start-ups.
The energy was great. Everybody was passionate about their work – a quality that might seem lost on many 9-5ers. If you dug a little deeper though, you could see there were bumps, many bumps, on their road. But it didn’t matter. Some ideas were awesome, others needed to be refined, others were only embryos waiting for the right opportunity to hatch. Often I would catch myself thinking: Wow, how come I never thought of this? And other times: Really? You actually make money out of this?
When I got back home, I was hyped. I realized that there was one thing common to all the people I met. They were doers. They followed-through on their ideas and made them reality, to see what would happen. They would test it, in an imperfect state, twerk it, scrap it and do it again differently, depending on the response. It seemed so simple, yet so difficult. Where to start? What idea to choose? Who to work with?
I think that as with anything in life, the best place to start is right where you are. And then build from it. We all know the saying. “Taking the first step is always the most difficult, but once you take it, everything else falls in place and you begin to wonder why you were scared of taking that step.” In other words, just do it.
The message doesn’t only apply to entrepreneurs. It stands for everything we want to achieve in life. How often do we say: I want a better job, I want to lose weight, I want to go back to school, I want to save more money, I want to learn a new language, but…! There’s always a “but”. The answer is right there. Just do it! It won’t be perfect, it won’t be easy and it won’t give immediate results. But if you really want to do something, there’s only one way, and it’s to take that first step.
Inertia often stems from our own insecurities and fear of failure, not from a lack of skills or abilities. Finding the strength and motivation to pursue our dreams is another topic I’d like to explore in the future, because I agree, it sometimes is quite challenging to get it in us to do the things that scare us most.
I’ll admit, I’ve been making and re-making this webpage for over two months at least. It was never exactly the way I wanted it to be. But at some point, I just needed to get it out there and stop fearing the consequences. I can always change it later. Nothing is set in stone. Giving ourselves the chance to succeed starts by getting ourselves out of that state of inertia and taking that first step.
So, what do you want to achieve that you’ve been postponing? Or that you ended up doing and feel really proud about?