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50 Shades of an Entrepreneur

Kinky right? I’m just talking about the title. It’s intriguing isn’t it?!

Disclaimer: If you ‘re here for the xxx sorry (not sorry), you won’t find it, unless you are an entrepreneur, interested in the startup life and or a business perv. Yeap, you read right.

I was sharing the Diyful story once again, this time at an Academic Conference. As usual I was sharing the best part of being an entrepreneur, the failure. More specifically the failure in getting an investment and how that got us into the hardcore “revenue now” mode.

They say an entrepreneur should embrace failure. Well, I love it, and so do others as I realised. One of the examples I give on this topic is something that happened during a trip I took to do an investor pitch for Diyful. I remember getting in a room and for two hours getting hammered by questions I didn’t even think existed. No investment but, it was an amazing experience and I loved it! Then the business perv term came into mind. So, imagine the 50 shades of an entrepreneur being the signs that you see in one. As I have already mentioned, I love failure and I have failed once more since I cannot find 50 “shades”, although I realised I don’t want to. I’m already two paragraphs in this post and I am still blabbering, imagine a long post :)

I realised that I have already written something about it. And it’s called In a Startup? Signs that you need to be locked up! But hooray hooray, missed one very important fact.

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Love failure!

It’s been said, it’s been written. #GottaLoveFailure. I’m not the first to write about it apparently but really want to give my 2 cents on the topic.

I’ve heard a lot of ‘NO’s and I’ll hear a lot more, I’m going to fail, all these for sure! Below 5 (not 50) reasons why this is good.

Learn a lesson

Why did you fail? What was the reason you heard another no? Ask, learn, don’t make that mistake again, or if it wasn’t a mistake, find out how to make it right!

Become Stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Hm, not so sure about this, I can find at least 3 things that the above does not apply but won’t help my case :) It is a fact though that by keep on failing you can only increase your “failing stamina” and become stronger thus keep going on.

Be Fearless

This is directly connected to the previous point. It’s the next step actually, after becoming stronger you are no longer afraid to fail. You take more chances and you have a greater chance of not missing out on something.

Have no regrets

I love it when my thought comes in place and really makes sense. :) By not missing out, it’s fare to say that you will take a risk and if it works awesome, if it does not, you won’t have any regrets. Instead, you ‘ll have another lesson learned, and it’s on to repeat!

Sweeter success

The best part! There is no need to explain this. You get it.

Well, that’s all folks. Hope it was a good read and it did make sense for you as it did for me!


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