It has been a real culture shock to go from public sector bureaucrat to startup CEO in many ways. But there are many skills I have found to be transferable and even more valuable in this situation than in my previous one.
The following is a letter I recently wrote to a student who had experienced their first major failure in life and then almost let that failure snowball into a series of failures that would have concluded with their dropping out of college if they didn’t step up.
Every now and again I like to get away and escape the busy world of business I’m involved in. In 2011 I started my first business, a web development agency, with my old friend Andy. As a fast paced growing company, life was pretty stressful, working long hours and learning hard lessons.
Everyone wants to be the next big thing… The next Facebook, Uber, Instagram, snapchat, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for shooting for the stars and chasing your dreams, but there is a lack of practicality and doing what it takes to get there!
When we hear the word fitness we immediately think exercise. However, that is really just a specific niche where this term applies. Fitness in the general sense takes the angle of being physically fit and healthy. We workout in order to get in shape and become more and more accustomed to the demands of exercise. This in turn benefits us by looking better, feeling better, and providing us with a higher quality of life in many cases.
Two weeks ago I launched my latest startup (Digital Profile) and over the weekend I’ve finally had a little time to reflect on our journey so far. For the last five years I’ve been starting and building digital businesses so I know that getting your service or product to market is never easy; but as any entrepreneur will tell you, taking an idea and actually making it happen is frantic, exhilarating and eventually, makes all the hard work worthwhile.