The first time I got in contact with entrepreneurship and startups was in the year of 2009. Before that I had some general classes about entrepreneurship but that was already about it.
At that time this was my general understanding of entrepreneurship and it was nurtured by the things I read, saw and heard in the media. Those were the thoughts I had when I was released into this crazy world of ours. But what actually happens in between the having-an-idea part and me living the dream on an island and not having to work ever again still remained somehow fuzzy.
Needless to say that my first steps out there in the wild were rather unfortunate, not to say that I totally sucked as an entrepreneur. I probably did everything wrong that you could possibly do wrong and my first endeavor failed miserably. Coming back to Germany in 2011 I started working in a more corporate environment to get some rest and to gain new strength.
I got bored after a while and didn’t really see myself there any longer, so I quit my job and decided to write a self published book about startups, entrepreneurship and so on. That was in the summer of 2013. So I was back on the entrepreneurship track.
My initial goal was to publish the book at the end of the summer. But as most of you know I still haven’t published the final version yet. I am already a couple of months late. So every time someone (mostly my mom and my brother) asks me whether or not I will ever finish my book, I tell them “of course I will”, leaving me somehow embarrassed about the fact that I still haven’t finished it.
To calm down my nerves I usually tell myself that people can read my blog posts and they know that I am still alive, that I am still producing content and that I am still working on it. But I still have doubts about myself, my capabilities and sometimes I even wonder whether or not this project just wasn’t too big for me.
Some days it even reminds me of my high school days where I was very, very bad at writing essays and all that kind of stuff. So my doubts start to kick back in and I tell myself that I really suck at being an entrepreneur and more specifically at being a self-publishing entrepreneur.
But do I give up, because some people, including myself from time to time, might have lost faith in my abilities? Hell, no! I try to work even harder than ever before and try to ship things over and over again. And it seems to work. I seem to get better every single day, although I am still convinced that in general I still suck at being an entrepreneur.
But one miraculous day I realized that it doesn’t really matter whether or not you’re good at something when you first start. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a good writer, a good speaker, a good sales person or a good entrepreneur. No one is good right away without any effort.
All you actually need is a growth mindset telling you that everything in life can be learned and that the only way to achieve something great is through practicing over and over again. So I practice and try to get better every single day.
Did Michael Jordan give up when he was a teenager and didn’t get into his college basketball team? No, he did not! Even though everyone told him he didn't have the right physique for the game. Instead he trained harder than everybody else, even when he was already a superstar!
Did Steve Jobs break down after he was fired from his own company in 1985?
Hell no! He worked even harder, got better every day and built two more companies, one of them was sold to Apple for almost $500M and he became Apple’s CEO once again.
And that’s why it is totally ok if you suck at what you do NOW, if you are willing to accept the fact that everything can be learned over time. You just need to be ready to work your ass off, be ready to learn new things and try to improve your game every single day, instead of thinking that you're just not made for it. So stop making excuses and start improving your game...