I’ve been hearing some talks on courage for the past two weeks. People from the likes of Darren Hardy to marketing gurus have stressed about the importance of this one quality. Apparently, even Aristotle think it’s the most important trait to have.
During the first month that I launched this site (December 2016), I landed my first freelance writing gig unexpectedly. I told a few personal and business contacts about Breaking Boundaries and one took interest in my writing style. He wanted me to write a blog post he can put on his site. Though inexperienced, I agreed because I was confident I could pull it off.
And, after way more edits than intended, we got it done!
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer
I have been making it a priority to meet people who are stepping out of their zones of comfort to make epic things happen. I have also been to a few startup events to get myself up to date with the startup scene. We have a few events lined up for the rest of February so it’s going to be a busy few weeks of being around new people in different environments.
That was the first question Roger Osorio, the facilitator of StartUp Weekend around the globe, asked first-time goers. As per my understanding, it’s a weekend (obviously) event where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and turn it into reality by Sunday night. Here’s what startupweekend.org says about it: “In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.”
Here’s the highlight reel from the YouTube channel by korendezvous!
Being of Filipino descent, I’m used to hearing about the glorification of formal schooling. It’s almost as if your worth is decided on the premise of whether or not you graduated from college. Take it a step further: your major is of no value unless it’s in medicine (read: doctor), law, or engineering. Their advice usually falls along the line of “Do well in school so you’ll have a great life.” This means a degree 100% equals a great life. I beg to differ.
As some of you might be aware, I started Breaking Boundaries to help empower and inspire people to go after their passion(s). I get motivated when I meet people who are set on finding success and work really hard to turn their dreams into reality even when the odds are stacked against them. I haven’t been to a startup event in a long time, but I figured I should start regularly attending some to meet industry disrupters and share their stories with you. Awesome thing is, I have been finding opportunities to network with go-getters that I have overlooked in the past. I guess it’s true when they say you attract what you are ready for.
As I’m sitting in the living room at home, I got to reminiscing about where Breaking Boundaries is now. Granted, it’s not where I plan it to be yet because I have big goals for this project. I do think we’re definitely making strides, though. Some of you might know that Breaking Boundaries is about a month and a half old. We’ve worked on a couple of collaborations and freelancing gigs so far.
Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. A lot of people get caught up in the appeal of entrepreneurship that they forget it takes much more than “wanting” to be one to succeed as one. Just as there are certain truths that people should know before venturing out and starting their own business, there are also certain false beliefs that surround business ownership.
I remember the first time I hit “the zone.” It was my first time swimming with the Varsity team after about two months with the Junior Varsity. I was a freshman not knowing how to swim when I joined the team. The only reason I decided to join was because a soccer teammate said it was going to be fun. I literally thought all we’d do was splash around like one would do at a public pool. Boy, was I wrong.