Have you ever read ‘Losing My Virginity’ by Richard Branson?
Hands up, I did. This book was my inspiration and gave me the courage to take that leap of faith.
‘Losing My Virginity’, went through the trials and tribulations of achieving successes. After reading his book, I felt inspired to take on big corporations, be an entrepreneur, facedown my detractors and rise like a phoenix to success.
18 months later
I am feeling the pain of my journey.
Building your business is really a vocation. Many of the clichés you hear as you go along are so true:
- Have a vision
- Think outside the box
- Never go into business just for the money
- Do what you are passionate about
- All that glitters is not gold
However, I have a new one that I believe should be top of the list of the 10 commandments for business:
It takes 15 years to be an overnight success.
I think that to achieve your goals can be very painful, it takes time to accomplish what you visualise and focused on achieving.
I am building a business to help people communicate bravely and with passion. Do you know how hard it is to find clients that REALLY commit to their vision?
More often than not, people want the utopia dream end goal and do not appreciate the individual emotional and physical journey you have to go through to accomplish your dream.
I must confess, when I first read Branson’s book, I did not absorb that emotion. As I grow and develop my company, I have read the book again and on this occasion, I honed in on the fact that his steel-like focus and his passion ensured that he was able to ride the storm.
So, I have written a letter to all budding entrepreneurs.
I welcome you to the wonderland where anything is possible.
You are entering a world of a unique group of people who are crazy, ambitious, innovative and creative like you. I just want to share with you a few things I think will help you along the way:
Starting your venture is like having a child. Initially, you are excited or daunted by the ideas you have inside you. Sometimes you will be overwhelmed by the prospect if what’s to come. However, as you cope, nurture and eventually give birth to your idea(s), you will look at the child you have created and be in awe of the possibilities.
As each day passes, there will be times when you will lay awake wondering how the heck you will cope. You will lay awake at night crying and wondering if you did the right thing. You will ask yourself if it is worth it. You will ask yourself is anyone else going through the same thing as you are right now.
I am happy to inform you, that you are not alone.
- There will be times, when you will become distracted and procrastinate. There will be times when you should be doing a job you hate, but instead you will play Candy Crush.
- You will find excuses not to focus on your business growth and leave many important jobs undone, (undone jobs will come back to bite you on your behind).
- There will be times when you will be afraid to take the next step and wonder who you can trust to help you achieve your vision.
However, there will be times when you will achieve a goal, which you have been working so hard to accomplish at that stage you should give yourself permission to look in the mirror knowing that you made that happen.
You will come up with great ways to support and help many people; you will see their smiles as you deliver your fantastic service and product and feel satisfied with your achievements. You will receive a call or email out of the blue, just to say THANK YOU.
My dear friend, success is not overnight, but it is there for you, if you want it.
So I wish you well and look forward to meeting you and your beautiful business soon.
Love, peace and business success.
FP Comms xxxx