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.
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.
I pump out about 2 posts a week. However, recently I’ve been pumping out 3. I’ve had advice where people told me to put out content every day, or at least 5 days out of the week. That’s something I absolutely would not mind doing, but I just don’t think I can be consistent with it.
During my years in business, between coaching and listening to colleagues and friends, one of the questions that routinely pops up is how to manage time between business and family. I was actually asked this question on this blog post recently and I figured I’d elaborate on it.
..is because they don’t have a plan, so they don’t have an idea what they should be acting upon. I’ve fallen prey to this more times than I’d like to admit. You have this vague idea of what you want to accomplish and then when your head hits the pillow, you realize you haven’t accomplished much. Even though you’ve “done” things. I hate that feeling.
I’ve had this sense of urgency since I was about 12/13 years old. The feeling that I’m running out of time to accomplish everything I’ve set out to accomplish and it has stayed with me to this day. And when I feel like I could’ve done more, it just really bothers me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels they can be more productive and what I’ve found is that when you don’t have a plan, you tend to drift aimlessly.
That was the statement written on my favorite shirt when I was an angsty 15 year old in high school. “Soul Rebel” was on my second favorite shirt. I used to listen to fast-paced, sometimes unintelligible, punk rock music. Or, as my mom calls it, the devil’s music.
Being an independent thinker, a free spirit, and doing what I think is right for myself have always been high on my priority list. Having a rebellious streak, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I gravitate towards punk rock. Punk rock challenges conventional norms and ideas. Punk rock embodies the idea of living life the way you want to. The punk rock attitude exemplifies throwing away everyone else’s opinions out the window. All these characteristics, I believe, an entrepreneur should also possess.
I learned a lot from Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference. He spoke about how epidemics of demand happen and the types of people who can trigger it. Malcolm claims that there are 3 types of people who start epidemics: the Connectors, the Mavens, and the Salesmen. For this article, we’re going to focus on the Mavens–the people who start word-of-mouth epidemics.
Before we go further, let’s define what word-of-mouth is. According to businessdictionary.com, it is an oral or written recommendation by a satisfied customer to the prospective customers of a good or service and is considered to be the most effective form of promotion.