How I became an entrepreneur

It’s actually quite a simple process yet hard to think about if you’ve never gone through it.

First, I had developed a skill set in my earlier years in high school to be creative, open minded, challenge the status quo and mainly ask “why”. Why are things the way they are? Why do we do it this way? Is there a better way? These questions help you formulate an opinion. What’s right, what’s wrong or what doesn’t have an answer yet.

Second, I used that skill set on a problem I was living through. I lived through using completely outdated learning management systems and I used them on daily basis. I questioned those platforms, and the process in school which we were going through. It didn’t make sense and I saw an opportunity to change it and make it better.

Third, I was motivated and cared personally enough to go and solve the problem. This is where a lot of ideas fail to get traction. You really need to care about it, want to take it on, see the long term experience of working on something like this as the benefit rather than short term gain. When you go after something, you have to be willing to commit. Persistence is the key to entrepreneurship since you’re always adapting and pivoting with strategy, ideas, product, features, sales pitch, investor pitch, etc. You can’t go into this process thinking you got it all right. Most likely, you have parts right and need a ton of refinements.

Lastly, the validation of others taking the leap with you. Once you have others that want to come onboard, that means you’ve sold it enough for another human to take a chance and spend their life on this endeavor with you. This is a difficult part and very important one, since choosing the right people to surround yourself with is important in your success as a team and to make your idea come to fruition.

Just know that everyone’s process to realize becoming an entrepreneur can be different and unique. Keep in mind that nobody knows everything, and that your journey likely will be something like a rollercoaster with many ups and downs, rather than just being a bunch of highs all the time.

The most important thing to understand is that a life without taking risks is the biggest risk. You must take risks to move your career forward. When you take risks, you get the experience and education of a lifetime. That in itself, is worth it enough to do it. Anything extra is just cherries on top.