When hairstylist wants to become a hairstylist…
…they visit other hairstylist and invest in a fortune to learn from salon offering training. It took them 8 months, every day from 11-5pm, to complete before they are out in the “real world” cutting our hair.
When businesspeople want to become businessman…
…they based on hearsay,
…then they invest a fortune in trial and error,
…then they get stuck in the hamster wheel,
…then they keep doing what is not working,
…and they end up going back to work.
To most new and aspiring business owners, the concept of training does not exist in their mind over the period of 8 months.
But in 2 days!
They completed a 2-day program, a course, or a seminar, and suddenly magically they created their first company and business is up and running. Even when it’s a really transformative 2-day program…they don’t follow through on what they learned! They got so caught up in the daily grind and neglected their learnings.
Most of the people around me were the same. And that became my source of motivation in starting my business.
How do I know all these? Because I used to be one of these people when I was starting out my first business years ago too. In fact, after going at it for awhile, I found that most of our 1st generation parents had been like us too. Except for their factor of success were based on who failed the most and who had the ability to pick themselves the fastest while facing all shame and despise around their environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way today anymore. We have the power of Google.com at hands. Every information is readily available to us.
I often hear stories of how other entrepreneurs started their company because they were seeking for something that’s not available on the market. I didn’t realize I’d be living in one of those stories myself today.
I only started the business to have a better source of income. It was not for a noble cause of helping the business community, it was not for the sake of changing the industry, or helping people improve their relationships. Nothing like that at all. I only started my business to make more money than my previous work of selling real estate so I could marry the woman I love and throw a fanciful wedding for her. That’s it.
I wished I could say it was founded on a more notable and newsworthy cause, but it really isn’t…
But today, it’s nowhere near where it first began. And I’m extremely proud of what it had evolved from, and what it’s about to evolve into.
From a small consulting company, today my company provides training to new and aspiring business owners who had been misinformed by what’s available on the market and prevent them from making further (unnecessary) mistakes. It cost me a fortune to invest in my business just to find the possibility to make my current dream a reality. Just like Steve Jobs with Apple and Bill Gates with Microsoft. Although I’m not building a tech software, I can feel what those founders felt.
The only difference is I’m operating in a very different industry.
I almost gave up. When I was about to, there were distractions along the way…
I was offered to become a cryptocurrency trainer, I was encouraged to return back to a job, I was advised to do a million other things.
But I knew what I always wanted, so I rejected those opportunities.
Just as I was down and dejected, a student reported back after 6 months of coaching with me he cleared his first $500,000 revenue milestone in business, his father respected his new ideas as a 2nd generation FMCG owner, he grew closer with his father…they can have beer and eat peanuts without quarrelling after their first sentence.
I knew I was onto something.
A few weeks later I received another message from a student who completed my 3-day workshop. She said when she attended my program she only had 1 potential lead to work on. Now, she has 3 opportunities and she didn’t know which ones to reject and which one to decide on! From limited choices to too many options!
Their achievements build me back up knowing what I do has value. And motivated me not to give up at all.
At the point of this writing, I received an interest from a bigger company that they want to buy out my business. It’s still preliminary, so it has no value to talk about it yet.
However, I know with 100% certainty that had I gave up, if I had been distracted by shiny opportunities or dejected advice, I would never have any chance of meeting the interested buyer from the activities I had been involved in or remotely near to getting bought out at all.