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So here’s the deal…
Entrepreneurship ain’t easy. The failure rate is HIGH. It can make you extremely anxious, depressed, and sleepless at times. It will screw up your social life.
But for the right individuals it’s WORTH IT.
There’s a massive upside to being able to create something and put it out there in the world, and then have people support you through buying your stuff and/or sharing your stuff.
I’ll never forget the first time I ventured into the world of the “side hustle”.
It was 2008 and I had just lost my job as a project manager with a global company by the name of Hewlett Packard. You might have heard of them?
Anyways, I still had 8 months left on my visa to stay in Canada (where I was living at the time) but the visa prevented me from working for any other companies legally.
But I had rent to pay, and groceries to buy.
So a house mate at the time suggested that I turn our living room into a makeshift dance floor and that I teach salsa dancing classes there on weekends.
I had no idea what I was doing but I thought to myself..
“What’s the worst that could happen?”
I don’t make any money that’s what.
I wasn’t worried though. At the same time I was looking for anything and anyone who would pay me to do something. So I was applying for all kinds of jobs. I eventually landed a gig handing out newspapers 6am every morning at a local train station (Yonge & Bloor for those of you in Toronto, Holler!)
So I went onto a site named Meetup.com and started a “beginner salsa” group.
Then something crazy happened. Within 2 weeks there were 150 or so members.
So I posted my first event – a Saturday afternoon at our house (but I didn’t tell the members that in fear that they would think I was some kind of weird creep trying to lure them to my lair or something…).
I made it pay-what-you-can.
On the day a few people came. They put some money into my hat – maybe $20 in total.
Now that’s not a gazillion dollars but I tell you what – to me it felt like it was.
When somebody pays you for your skills, effort (hustle) and recognise you for it – that’s powerful, and it gives you the boost to continue doing more.
Long story short this one event was all it took for me to get hooked on the freedom, creativity and connection that comes from the entrepreneurship journey.
Key lesson: You don’t learn until you launch
I’ve since worked with a thousand or more small business owners, at different stages of business, in different countries, and in various capacities – training, consulting, service provider, mentor, advisor, teacher, employee, partner…
If you’re reading this then you’ve been thinking about launching something – turning a dream, or an idea, into something tangible.
Perhaps it’s the first step to having more creativity, freedom and connection (and of course money) in your life.
So I’m here to serve you in the best way that I can.
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