This is a post about my 2nd FAILED startup attempt. It failed financially, but I DO NOT look at it as a total failure.
Here is why:🤔🤔🤔🤔
1️⃣ it taught me the very basics of building a business -
VISION, SIMPLICITY, & DEMAND
2️⃣ it taught me how teams work. We had over 30 interns
from Pitt, Duquesne, and CMU.
3️⃣it taught me that I have the real deal Entrepreneurial gene.
You see, startups are vastly illogical. Why would I CHOOSE to put myself
through pain and financial hardship? Why would I stand & fight ... Even
when it would be so easy to throw in the towel and go find a job? Because it's
WHO I AM. And doing anything that doesn't feed my creative business side is
like a slow death. I would rather be dead than not chase the dream.
4️⃣It taught me ..about me. I quickly found out that my
strengths are sales & marketing. So, if I were to ever make it... I need to
build a business around those two qualities.
5️⃣it taught me about storytelling. The hard days of living off
bananas and eggs gives me an advantage against the born-rich kids. My story of
struggle allows me to connect with a very wide audience compared to them. So
when people ask me a question about business startups, I know exactly what they
are going through. By them knowing my backstory, they see me as someone who
knows their journey first-hand.
6️⃣it taught me about social media. Once the business failed, I
knew Pittsburgh was not where I was going to build my business. It would HAVE
TO BE online. The moment we we closed our doors, I would never focus on
Pittsburgh ever again. That decision is what allowed DREAMSTARTERS
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Here is what I am getting at:
YOUR FIRST BUSINESS ATTEMPTS (if you
come from no money, no connections, no guidance) ARE PAINFUL LESSONS.
Painful... But necessary.
Every move you make will make you
smarter, stronger, faster. The key is to keep making moves.
Just imagine barbed wire all around
you. Yes, You are going to bleed very very badly.💉
Embrace that, because bloodshed will
produce scars. Lessons. And wisdom. 🧞♂️
The spiritual side of me looks at
all the barbed wire as just a test. The only question that matters is "How
bad do you want it?". Because if you want something bad enough, you will
figure out a way to get it.
To escape your old life is not meant
to be easy. That's why so few people ever try... And succeed.
Don't be afraid to bleed.
But do be afraid of getting to the
end of your life, looking in the mirror, and not seeing any scars.
Because that would only mean that
you didn't try. That you didn't keep making moves. That you didn't want it bad
Make your move.
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