I always wanted do something different! Do you know the feeling when you want to be your own boss and you want to show the world that you are meant to be successful on your own? I had the feeling and wanted to create something cool, something out of the box, something exciting and something that gives me the ability to be financially independent.
After the first two months working at a prestigious marketing agency in Budapest I got really depressed and I was probably the most unhappy ever in my life. I felt ashamed that people, even my parents, work 10-12 hours a day for 25 years and I’m already complaining after 2 months?! I felt bad because I couldn’t appreciate that I have a decent job and that my thoughts weren’t all about being good at it. People kept telling me that I should find a good job and do all I can to be the best at what I do. That is all true, except for one thing: Working in a 9-5 corporate job isn’t for me! I can’t be happy this way. I wanted to built something new and the only way was for me to achieve that was to become an entrepreneur. But what should I build? I had no idea what the actual business should be. Just to put it into perspective I was 19 at the time.
Back then I was a dancer in promotions for different companies. I really liked to dance, the parties and the people I’ve met and it was a good way of making some extra income while studying at the university. Later on, this passion turned into my first company.
I truly believe, that whatever feels right, is our path and we should stick to it, no matter what other people tell us! You will hear a lot of comments from friends, family and everyone around you limiting you from launching your business. Here are the most common ones!
This is what can hold you back from starting your own business as a young entrepreneur:
1) ‘You are too young and inexperienced to start your own business!’
Most of the people I asked before I started, told me to wait a few more years before I jump into my own business.
Sometimes the closest people to you can be really strong about their ways and they want to push you into the direction they want to go. Don’t forget that is their way not yours! Every day I told myself how cool and amazing I am to start my own business this young as a positive affirmation. Just simply do it!
Have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that you must work towards.
2) ‘You have no financial background!’
So many times I hear from my friends that they won’t start because it’s risky and that they can’t afford to lose even their tiny savings. I used the money I’ve got from my family for my graduation to start my company. Don’t worry, just be committed and follow your passion. I guarantee you, money is not going to be an issue later on!
“You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.” Gary Ryan Blair
3) ‘Your idea sucks! There are already similar ideas to yours!’
It’s not that important what your actual business is, if you believe in it, it is going to work. Nobody can stop you. If my business (girls juggling with bottles and dance) could survive on an Eastern European market during the economic crises, yours will work for sure. Have the passion and make sure you go crazy for your idea no matter what others are telling you. It’s your Baby! Lot of people have children right? What your “child” is going to achieve is what he/she gets from You as a parent. There are many similar ideas or businesses like yours, but which one will make it to the Forbes cover? Depends only on one person: You!
4) You have negative beliefs or image about Entrepreneurs!
When I was sitting in my lawyers office for signing the contract for setting up my company, I thought that from that day I will have to act more seriously or dress in a different “business way” and all the fun is over. I know it sounds silly but I had that deep fear that nobody is going to take me seriously. I don’t wear those kind of business casual clothes. Don’t worry this is complete BS. Be appropriate and the same time keep your style and who you are. I love baggy pants and casual tops and I made some pretty damn good deals without the business lady look.
5) ‘There is no market for this’!
There is always a market, you just need to find it and target it correctly! I made some short stops when I realized I am not at the right time or at the right place. This happens, don’t worry and it has nothing to do with age or your work. You’ll change directions if you have to and keep going. This doesn’t mean you should limit yourself from becoming a young entrepreneur. Just react quick and sometimes spontaneous.
Find your passion, your dream work, I promise it is worth trying!
You don’t have time to waste, life is beautiful, start to live the way you really want Today!