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First off I’m going to say that the word ‘entrepreneur’ bothers me. In fact, I can’t actually say it. It glues my gums together like hard toffees and hurts my teeth. So I’m going to say EP because I’ve also heard the word “hustler” bandied about and frankly I’m not a cowboy with a horse or a peashooter! The word ‘entrepreneur’ is starting to get overused. I’ll come up with something else later.
Introduction over, here’s what I want to say.
Start something is my reminder. It’s my wake up call. When I notice I’m over-thinking every idea I have, I should just start whatever I’m thinking of doing, even just a small part of it, to get the ball rolling.
Starting something is not about productivity (for me anyway). It’s about breaking through resistance (Steven Pressfield), overcoming fear (Leo Babauta) and generally kicking myself where it hurts to get over whatever I’ve thought was “bad/stupid/weird/wrong” about my idea and just do it. No judgement.
Starting something does not mean quitting everything else. Yeah, just in case you thought I was crazy – I’m NOT suggesting that. This is also why you should start small, get a taste of it – just a morsel – and see if you like it. Take yourself seriously
Starting something is about testing your ideas. This is typical EP behaviour; test your assumptions so you can find out what works (and for me, what I like). Also figure out beforehand how you would measure “success”, testing is useless without parameters (Tim Ferriss).
Start something to help you gain confidence. It’s a cycle, when you start something very small and achieve it you begin to trust in yourself more, you get more confident in your own abilities and in turn start something else a little bigger, and once that happens you believe in yourself a bit more again… EPs are confident because they believe in themselves first.
Starting something means learning something new. Basically a no-brainer, always a good idea and they say it’s all about the journey so if you take everything as a learning experience you can’t fail.
Starting something can create new opportunities and connections. Depending on what you start. Volunteering is good for this. You get to be helpful, meet new people and work on something you’re interested in. It’s one of the best ways to test out whether you like a particular role or industry.
Start something, small steps. Just turn the first of your ideas into something physical. Be it words, pictures, objects, whatever… just take it out of your head and bring it into the world.
Starting something so you can share your ideas. The more you experience and try, the more you figure out about the world, what you’re good at and how you can contribute. Because most EPs are all about giving back. They get these ideas that they just HAVE to share with people.
As an aspiring EP I spend waaaaay too much time reading other people’s blogs, listening to other people’s advice and generally thinking a bit too far ahead – 10 years into the future [insert lofty dreams and far off goals]. But the thing with real “cowboys” is that they just go for it. No excuses. Just pure energy, motivation and intention. And as an aspiring EP I want to embody that until I become it.
So this is my offering. My first post. I’ve started something – now it’s your turn.
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Guest post written by Abby Lo
Creative, determined, fun – that’s Abby. And unconventional (strange = cool in her book). London was her universe before she moved to KL in 2011 to – unbeknownst to her – emerge as an entrepreneur. Now that she’s released herself from the windowless 9-5 rectangle, you’ll find her freelance copywriting for health and well-being related websites, products and services. She also moonlights as a researcher and editor for the social policy specialist at UNICEF Malaysia and twilights (?!) to plot her first creative venture. You can connect with Abby on Linkedin.