“I was very afraid at the beginning, until Master told me that pain isn't the truth; it's what you have to get through in order to find the truth.”
― Deepak Chopra
What fascinates me about people’s startup stories is that they are never predictable and certainly never smooth sailing. Often we see people’s success, be it their awards, the end products, their sales revenue, the car they drive, the house they buy, the followers they accumulate. What we don’t see, is what happened behind the scenes in the beginning. The heartaches, struggles, challenges, risks, rejections, hardships and obstacles that they had to overcome in order to bring their dreams to life.
This is the very reason I launched StartUp Creative Magazine. I saw people around me who had what I wanted - an entrepreneurial life of freedom, abundance, and ease. I wanted to know how they got it, what they did to get there and how long it took them so that I too could create the life of my dreams.
The more I enquired into their stories, the more I began to learn the real truth about being a successful entrepreneur, nothing good and lasting comes without hard work.
I heard the story of a barista who took out a car loan to buy a car so he could sell the car and use the money to start a coffee shop, he later sold it for $1.3 million. (read full story)
A young woman who brought home eight sets of bikinis from her summer holiday that went on to build her a cult following of over 400,000 Instagram followers, her own factory and a bikini line that sells out hours after going on sale. (read full story)
The inspiring tale of 11 mates who couldn’t find a bar they enjoyed going to. They sat down over a beer one night and made a plan to start their own. Weeks later they saw an opportunity to secure a lease so they jumped in and started building it before they had finished their concept or knew what they were doing - it was an overnight success. (read full story)
A guy who spent everything he had to open his dream restaurant. By the time he was ready to open the doors he had just $1 left in his bank account. He's now onto his 3rd successful restaurant. (Full article in issue #4)
What I’ve learned from these creative entrepreneurs and from my own experience in the game is this; you really can have the life of your dreams. It is all possible. Just don’t expect it to come easy. When you see that life isn’t happening to you, it happens for you and that you are the creator, will you become unstoppable. With a laser-sharp focus on your desired outcome, you can and will have anything you put your mind too.
Here are 3 recurring lessons that I’ve picked up along the way from some very successful entrepreneurs.
Have blind faith in yourself and your idea. There is no room for self-doubt in this game. There are plenty of other people out there who will do that for you. The people I’ve met along the way have taught me that unwavering self-belief will get you further than any amount of money.
Close all the back doors. No doubt you have a plan B, most of us do. It tends to make us feel safe and less crazy about chasing our dream. The thing with backup plans is that we tend to gravitate towards them because they are safe. The old saying of ‘when one door closes another one opens’ is truer than ever in the startup scene. If you keep all your options open you will hold yourself back from doing whatever it takes to chase what you really want. Take some time to sit down and get clear on what you really want then get rid of everything that doesn’t take you in that direction.
Take action from your heart. Sometimes the brain isn’t enough. There are going to be countless decisions that need to be made along the way that will determine the outcome of your success. The mind is busy and fear-based, the heart is strong and knows deep down what to do. Stay connected to your purpose, why you started and listen to your intuition.
Are you ready to take the leap and start your own business?