Strategy & Planning Associate
I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I love what I am doing, but is BreakingBayStreet the last thing I ever do? Probably not. When I first left banking, I really wanted to work in a start-up. I met with a few people who worked at start-ups and they all said the same thing to me. They told me I needed to get experience working in an early stage company.
If you want to get start-up experience, go start your own business and understand what it requires to make it successful. Rather than being concerned with how much money you make everyday, you need to be concerned with what you are learning everyday.
The most important part of any of our jobs is what we are learning on a day-to-day basis. I work everyday in order to prepare myself for the right opportunity. Before being an entrepreneur, I thought opportunities would just appear and all you needed to do was make the most of them. Opportunities are going to appear from time to time, but the only way you are going to be able to take advantage of those times is by being ready.
Everyday I get up now, I am not just working to make this business successful, but I am working to prepare myself to take advantage of the right opportunities. I have stopped trying to think about what the million-dollar idea is and instead I have made myself ready to take advantage of that million-dollar idea.
Even if a million-dollar idea falls into your lap, if you are not ready you are not going to be able to do anything about it. If you are sitting at your desk waiting for the million-dollar idea, it is safe to say that the odds of the idea coming are low. Even if it does come, you won’t know what to do with it when it pops up. So take action on something,
The majority of successful people didn’t figure it out the first time; it is all the trials that made them ready to execute on the “right” idea. People always look at things and think about failing in the process. Instead of thinking about the things you may loose in a situation, only think about what you are learning.
There is no such thing as failure, there is only learning. Even if you think you failed in a situation, you need to stop and think about everything you learned and how you can apply that going forward.
People ask me all the time what if I am afraid that what I am doing now will not work out. I tell them: I am not concerned at all. No matter what happens, this has been the best learning experience of my life. You think you learn a lot in your first year of investment banking; you learn double in your first year of being an entrepreneur.
If you are not learning everyday, you are not growing to prepare yourself to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you. Prepare yourself and stop thinking that you can fail. Failure is just a disguise for the best learning experience of your life
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