KICK YOUR OWN BUTT BEFORE SOMEBODY ELSE DOES...

February 2014

My reaction to most blogs: "Blah, Blah and Double Blah."

I used to think that entrepreneurship was this unattainable status that only happened to people who had a lot of luck on their side or had a lot of money to throw around. If you think back to when you were in school, you probably thought the same.

Little did I know, back then, that the beauty of entrepreneurship isn't in the success, the praises, the admiration, the money, and no, not even the independence. But that the beauty of entrepreneurship is in the ugly.

It's in the hustle. It's in the crappy. It's in the know-how. It's in the resourcefulness. It's getting things done when it seems impossible. It's being broke. It's overcoming adversity. It's ignoring other people who tell you that you won't. It's ignoring yourself when you say "I can't"

It's making things happen against all odds. It's turning problems into solutions. It's thinking strategically AND creatively. Above all It's possible. It is becoming more possible now than it's ever been. Yes. It is.

And no, it won't be easy.
Every little bit of it, is within your grasp.
Stop thinking. You've already thought about things way too much.
Stop reading. You've already read too many posts like this, one's that inspire you but have you saying, "Where do I begin"?
Stop wondering. The answer is yes.
Stop doubting. Start believing. And start doing.

Part of every entrepreneurs job is to invent the future. I also like to call it "kicking your own butt". Someone is out there looking to put you out of business. Someone is always out there who thinks they have a better idea than you have. A better solution than you have. A better or more efficient product than you have. If there is someone out there who can "kick your butt" by doing it better, its part of your job as the owner of the company to stay ahead of them and "kick your own butt" before someone else does.

THINGS IV'E LEARNT IN 2013

In a year, you experience a lot. Ups and downs. Lefts and rights. Winds in the roads and sprints to the finish.

Of course, these are all metaphors - ways of saying that in a year, especially this year, a lot of shit happened.

After such a rollercoaster ride, I've learnt that "if you stuff it up unstuff it!"

I like all that motivational, inspirational, lovey-dovey stuff just as much as the next person, but life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes motivation hits you the best with a nice slap in the face. I've been a leadership freak since I was in high school. I can't even count the number of motivational speakers I've seen and the inspirational books, stories, videos, I've discovered over the years. I love every bit of it! When I first decided to do this blog, I knew that this topic was my cup of tea. I was going to talk about enthusiasm, success, and passion, but then... I came to the realization that I am WAY too sarcastic, and no one would take me seriously. So I had to come up with another strategy.

Maybe, I thought, I can write an inspirational blog without all the embellished crap that all the others have. Yes, that's it. I will write my blog, but I can promise I won't sugar-coat anything. My goal is to get you truly motivated. The fact is that you can watch as many inspirational videos as you want, but all that gets you is a whole heap of encouraging emotions that leaves you a blubbering, sappy mess. I want you to take advantage of these emotions, find an outlet to put them to use. Success is an option, and you can decide if you want to pursue it or not. Just know that the journey to success comes with failure and more failure. You can either cry about it, or overcome it. The choice is yours.

So here goes, a different take on your average motivational blog. I hope to keep you inspired.
Make your own mistakes, learn things the hard way and keep your distance from people who are chomping at the bit to say they told you so. Sticking your fingers in your ears and ignoring everybody is wildly underrated.

"Trust your instincts, buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride"