This is a guest post from Reyyan Demir.
In this post, you will find how entrepreneurship can enhance your perspective of life and help you develop your self-awareness and self-development.
Since I moved to Europe, time-to-time I received partnership offers from my friends, my former colleagues or network members to build a start up in different industries. Startup owners find my global network, business relationship and international sales skills attractive for marketing and selling their products
I was reading or just observing people who became new entrepreneurs, what they wanted to do, how they developed their business but never involved their processes deeply or directly. I was a little bit cautious, doubtful and actually didn’t have a real interest in entrepreneurship. Therefore my knowledge was very little just like the surface of a big iceberg.
This situation continued till two of my best friends decided to build their own start-up and I found myself in the middle of the start-up building process. They were meant to me and I had to support them. I wanted them to be successful in their startup and also wanted to taste a few of my spices in their soup.
After jumping the situation, the first thing I realized that I know nothing about startups and entrepreneurship. It is so easy to read articles about how startups become successful but very difficult to realize how many sleepless nights they spent to achieve that success we read in just 2 min.
Being a part of this process and seeing all these incredible efforts to make it work helped me to be aware of the start up reality, and the difficulties and challenges behind the scene.
I started to read whatever I found from books, the Internet about entrepreneurship and success stories of several start-ups from different industries. I started to create a new business network from start-up owners and entrepreneurs to understand their mindset, needs and wants. I started to interview with them to learn from their own experiences. I asked them how they started their journey, how they became successful and what mistakes they made and finally, what would they suggest new comers as lessons learned.
Surprisingly all of the people I met had real difficulties in their first year yet achieved their targets in spite of financial, human and capital scarcity. They were all so happy, excited and determined and fulfilled about their business.
You could immediately realize the flow of energy in their body language and the spark in their eyes. None of them had a target to earn more money but to have personal fulfillment and doing something that they believe and enjoy. They are doing their job so well that money comes after them.
Another thing I observed that having a startup is like having a baby. If you have already had your own kids, you know what I mean. It is not like a second or full-time job. It is a full day job, 7 days / 24 hours. Sleepless nights, weekend work without over time payment, demanding customers, time-consuming tasks, little or no support from your family/friend unless they are part of your startup, market uncertainty, incredibly emotional and mental burnout. This is the real challenge to see your edge; you’re up and down, your endurance and resilience.
During my conversations with successful start-up owners, they received little or no help from their family, friends or spouses. People tend to find other people crazy, fool, stupid, insane when they quit their job to chase their dream and decide to live comfortable, stable, secure job environment. Most people confirmed that they received support from other people they met after they decided to build a startup or from the people who trust their competence and skills not their business idea directly. They just wanted them to be successful so they supported. Therefore once in your life if you decide to chase your dreams and build your own company, be ready to hear “You are a fool, you are crazy!” , “It is impossible!”, “It won’t work.” “You can not do it, nobody could.”
I would like to tell you: “Welcome to Board!”. This is the entrepreneurs’ world. You are privileged to become a part of these crazy, insane yet creative, innovative, most exciting, determined and successful people environment. Take your first step in, learn, enjoy, share and win!