Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell originally suggested “Ahoy” to be the standard greeting when answering a telephone?
Since this is my first official post on Medium, let me greet you all properly.
I wanted to start by talking about my journey of starting a business.
It has been a true roller coaster of emotion, mostly enthusiasm and the urge to give up. I am familiar with giving up, I have been doing that for a long time. I’ve played so many different sports during my childhood I can’t even count. But I have been dreaming about starting a business for years now so I’ve decided it was time to learn how not to give up when it gets difficult.
Don’t be afraid to make big decisions
Lesson number one might be the biggest one.
Are you waiting for someone’s approval? Guess what, you don’t need it! All you need is a passion for something, motivation to do it and persistence to see it through.
In the book called The War of Art, Steven Pressfield wrote: “resistance uses fear of rejection to paralyse us and prevent us from doing our work”. I have learnt that the more you care about your project and doing it well, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
So, don’t keep putting it off.
Find what is holding you back, because when you identify what the problem is, you will know how to solve it. And when you figure out how to solve the problem you’re having, you won’t feel the need to procrastinate anymore.
Believe that you can improve
Carol Dweck called this a growth mindset at a Ted Talk back in 2014. She talked about children in school being graded with “not yet” rather than letting them believe they failed.
We’ve all heard all the cliches in the book about how failure leads to success, but cliches are cliches for a reason (as is this expression).
Let failure be the thing that motivates you to be better. Read. Listen. Learn.
Don’t get caught up in perfection
If you consider yourself a perfectionist, someone who follows the rules, who is organised and does everything exactly right — then you should continue reading.
Nothing is perfect.
There are certain rules to follow when starting a business (I will write more about that another time). A list of dos and don’ts. If you are sick of your 9 to 5 job and are already researching all the other possibilities out there, then you have probably stumbled across Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Gary V and other great minds, life coaches and leaders of the industry.
They are all saying the same thing. Follow the rules and you’ll succeed. But what they are also saying is that you don’t have to do everything perfectly.
Just get out there and start doing it.
Do you remember the first research paper you wrote at university? Go back, find it, read it. Now compare it to the last one you wrote. You will see how you got better with time. Or if you are in the advertising industry, go back to the first ad you did at your first job. Or the first blog post you wrote.
You will get better with time, all you need to do is start.