I get angry every time I hear people saying it’s a rough time to start a business and then they come up with a lot of old ideas in old markets solving old problems of which I often wonder if they are real problems. I’m not pretending that it is easy though, but the market is not the problem. It’s not seeing the opportunities.
But luckily some of us do see the ocean of business opportunities in the challenges we’re facing in today’s world. Maybe the secret is that we’re not looking for a business opportunity, but are triggered by some issue and come up with a solution with impact, which also turns out to be marketable.
Some time ago I watched an interview with Boyan Slat (20). I’m so impressed by this young guy and his incredible project The Ocean Clean Up. It’s amazing to hear this ‘boy next door’ talking about his major innovation. You may have heard about it, but if not he invented a technology to extract, prevent, and...
I got into a battle today. Not a real fight, but a word battle. At a network meeting, I met someone and we started a conversation. In the beginning, it was a nice chit-chat on our businesses and then suddenly this nice gentleman started judging social entrepreneurs for wanting to make a profit with their business. In his opinion, it wasn’t ethical. You do good or you do business. In his opinion, you can’t do both.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
WHAT THE HELL IS HE THINKING?
Unfortunately, he is not the only one. There are still some people who think that social entrepreneurs “don’t have a life” so they don’t have to make a living. They are good for society but they are not supposed to make a profit.
And what angers and scares me is that there are social entrepreneurs who believe the same thing. They are so busy making a difference in other people’s lives that they forget their own. By the way, I don’t call them social...
I’m writing this post after postponing the launch of this website for the 10th time. Again there were things not good enough and things were not working the way I wanted. I was getting tired of all the problems and because I lost focus, my mind went open for the thought: “Why The Hell Did I Start This Business???”
Do these words ever cross your mind when struggling in your business and you have to handle all the stress? Especially when you’re about to start a new business or new project. Well, they cross my mind a few times a day when things aren’t going the way I planned them.
Happily, I learned to switch my mind and start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. It really keeps me going.
I advise you to do the same.
When you feel overwhelmed and ready to quit, think of all the trouble you already went through. Think of all the beautiful things ahead of you. But most of all, think about your purpose. The reason WHY you...