It looks like people really enjoy my personal stories because I receive so many messages when I do write about how I dealt (or deal) with certain things.

In my mind there it is a fine line between showing off and hoping that people will benefit from my imperfect way of doing things.

Today I would like to share with you some lessons of my business journey and how this could be applied to the corporate world. 

After losing my job, I really didn’t know “how” I would get my business off the ground but I had a strong “why”, and an unwavering belief that I could make it happen. 

It has been said that if you know the why, the how becomes easy. Well, it was far from easy but true entrepreneurs like a good challenge and they enjoy taking risks.

Gutsy “must-haves” to get to the next level: 

  • Know what you want and never lose sight of that goal
  • Work hard, have fun and have faith
  • Become friends with your mistakes and learn from them – you have no idea how many “oops” I encountered along the way
  • Aim to become better day after day
  • Learn to ignore the naysayers 
  • You don’t have to know “how” if you have a strong “why” 
  • If you don’t have the resources, it will make you resourceful – if you don’t have money, you get the creative juices flowing
  • Focus on progress, not perfection – progress is part of the process
  • If you don’t know something, figure it out – I still remember when the first prospect asked me to provide a proposal and I had absolutely no idea how to write one but I did it
  • Say “Yes, I can” rather than “No, I can’t”
  • Be positive but if you want to cry, cry (yes, also guys are allowed to cry) – then let it go and move on
  • Surround yourself with positive people – nobody can do great things alone
  • If you are committed to Plan A, you don’t need a Plan B 

Today I know that perfection is totally overrated. Nobody is perfect.

Yes, everyone should strive to get better but if you wait that the conditions are perfect or that your service/product is perfect, you will limit yourself and you’ll never get started. 

Why do I tell you this?

Aim to become an “intrapreneur” and/or help to create more “intrapreneurs” (entrepreneurial spirit within a company), drop perfectionism and the sky is the limit. Possible side effects are happiness, fun and fulfillment. 

Come on, say “YES”. 

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