I want to commit, but in what?

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I want to commit, but in what?
I want to commit, but in what?

When I left college with enthusiasm and foresight, I teamed up with a classmate to open our own business. We took out a loan, carried out an option check and hired a very successful and growing franchise company. We opened the shop and everything went well … until it wasn’t so good anymore. I won’t tell the story for long: ten months later the shop was closed. We went bankrupt in less than a year.

That sounds like a story of failure and horror, but it’s the most common story on the planet: it fits the national average perfectly, with three out of five companies closing in the first year and only one in ten more than three.

Business is not easy. We are constantly falling into the trap of the “Zuckerberg illusion” that makes us believe that there is a great idea that will suddenly get us out of our arms. A company is very possible, but before all the eggs are put in one basket

I believe that we can and must all commit. Regardless of whether you have a job with a salary or want to jump entirely, it seems clear to me Learning to add value with your talent is the most important survivability of the 11th century.

1. Don’t follow the money; Follow your talent

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When we think about a company, options appear on the horizon that appear safe or simple. Starting a franchise or becoming an insurance advisor can be a great idea if it’s part of your talents and passions: if it’s something you like and know how to do well. Instead, it will be a bad experience if it’s really not your thing. For now, let’s forget about simple money and instead start at the other end of the line.

Ask yourself the following question: What am I particularly good at? What am I doing better than the others? Or if we go deeper: What is my talent What am I doing? I am?

It’s not an easy question, but one of the most important you’ll ever ask yourself. In his book The element, Ken Robinson makes it necessary to discover and nurture our talent. Talent is something that was given to you from birth and that you can develop more easily than other people. It’s a gift, and running away is a big mistake.

A good cook deserves more than a mediocre lawyer, and an experienced artist can go further than a boring engineer. Get rid of the idea that there are magical professions or businesses where there is money. Money is everywhere. Put yourself in the place where you are the best option. Get to know the business of your talent and you will see how the opportunities multiply.

2. Don’t stay in fashion; follow your passion

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Nothing is lost in this life and everything can at least be great learning. But When talent is the most important thing for success, passion comes second (Note: not first!).

Following a passion that is not your talent is a tedious and depressing path. There are people who are passionate about modeling, acting, or soccer, but if you don’t have the talent, it doesn’t matter how many thousands of hours you spend on it: you will never be there. above of his profession. The world does not reward you for following your passion: the world rewards you for creating valueAnd the best place for this is your “element”, the place where your talents and passions overlap.

Why is it so important to follow your passion? Not “having fun” or “having a good time”, but being able to withstand the long hours, falls, attacks, mistakes and efforts associated with starting and growing a business. It won’t be done by magic; but it will be a lot easier.

Passion can give your project motor and purpose. Find something that will make your heart beat; something you will be proud of; something that projects your strength into a better world. Dream big and do everything.

3. Start small, learn and grow

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If you are already in the place where your talents and passions are gathered, the following is: Learn more; Develop your talent and educate yourself in the parts of the business that are necessary for success, even if they are not the core of the company.

For example, if your passion is theater (I’m using an artistic example, but it can be anything from composing computers to selling ice cream), knowing how to play or prepare a stage isn’t enough, even if You do it very well. The employee does his job well, but the entrepreneur is a “learner”;; He not only loves what he does, but is also willing to study his own part of the business, the “boring” parts: hiring a team, selling, finding customers, generating pay slips, advertising, paying taxes, creating efficient systems and look for new products. A good actor gets a lot involved; but an enterprising actor hires others Actors to create something bigger and reach more people. He turns his talent into a company because he dares to leave his comfort zone. Stop being a craftsman to become an entrepreneurwithout stopping to do what you know and what you love.

We keep hearing stories of companies that raise millions of dollars or develop revolutionary products with immediate success. These types of companies are the exception. Most successful companies start small, they create an MVP (minimally viable product), they learn, they modify, they find their market and they grow.

Don’t stop learning! Take this course, go to this workshop and ask this question. In this life you have options: you let things happen to you or you make things happen.

4. Learn to rest, not to give up

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If you are on the path of your talents and passions, you are on the right path. This does not mean that everything will always be fine. They will fall and make mistakes many times. Learning costs, but experience cannot be bought.

Once Alejandro, a great friend, teacher and partner, told me this sentence that I have never forgotten. One day when I said to him: “I can no longer, I’m tired of it, I’ll do something else”, he replied: “Francisco, learn to rest, not to give up”.

A company is not a speed race, but a cross country: it takes perseverance, strategy, creativity and good knees to get up again and again.

However, you also need to learn to let go of things that are not real: not everything is worth fighting for. If you are in a job or project that does not make you happy, that contradicts your principles, or that does not lead anywhere, it is advisable to thank yourself for studying and to know how to say goodbye.

5. Ask for help: you are not alone

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One of the best tools you will find is one: an experienced mind who can advise you. Sometimes vanity strikes us … or shame and we don’t seek advice.

Find a mentor (or mentors) who can advise on your project. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. It could be someone in your family, a friend or a boss: someone you admire, who you trust, and who of course has real business experience. Don’t ask about investing in the gardener or flowers for the counter. Look for encouragement and answers from those who want to and can give you. After this, shut up, listen and thank you.

6. Money is not a fate: plan a vision that inspires

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And most of all, I’m sorry to repeat it: don’t follow the money. Follow your talent, passion and vision … and learn how to make money.

Fate is yours. The company is your vehicle and the money … is just petrol. It is that and nothing else. Are you planning a trip depending on the nearest petrol station? Not! You plan your trip because you have a place you want to go. Only later check where the petrol stations are. Otherwise the journey has no meaning, no mission and no end: it is the absurd journey of a beetle that hits everywhere.

Your goal is vision and travel is adventure. Well understood, A company will not only make you rich in money, but also in satisfaction, experience, curiosity and challenges. Even more: you can help other people achieve their own destiny. It’s worth risking everything.

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