Push To Start
It’s the beginning of 2013 and if you’ve got a great idea, the best time to start is now. Accepting this belief is only part of the journey. The time and dedication it takes to start a business is not something that can be underestimated. However, the rewards of starting your own business are immeasurable. So if you’re like me, you probably have had an idea, or multiple, that’s been on your mind for a while. If there’s at least one idea that you can’t stop talking about, then clearly the time to act is now. Excuses will always be easy to find. There will always be other things to do that might seem like a priority, but there’s nothing that beats the experience of starting your own company.
However, you need to answer one question: how much are you willing to push to finally start? After all, starting can be the hardest part.
So what finally got me to start?
Surrounding myself with the right people was one of the biggest factors in getting to where I am today. It wasn’t easy, and I found many dead ends and loose strings, but eventually, I found exactly where I wanted to be: the entrepreneurship community. Joining list serve after list serve, just to see what my options were, was very helpful. Attending events around campus and joining entrepreneurial-like clubs also helped me a lot. I soon found out that the connections I was making would become very helpful when I stumbled upon something I couldn’t dissect. All of these things helped me see what was out there, what other Cornellians have been doing, and where my resources resided.
One of the other things that has really propelled my desire to keep moving was the overwhelming support that I have received when I decided to open up to the communities around me and explore my resources. As many of you know, Cornell is comprised of many communities and knowing where to look and who to talk to can help you go where you need to. Of course I ran into people who couldn’t see my vision, but I respectfully nodded along, and continued in my journey. Once you believe in your purpose and you know what you want, there is very little that can rip you away from it.
What keeps me going?
Everything. For the first time in my life, I don’t want to go to sleep and I can’t wait to wake up. Suddenly sleep became one of my last priorities and developing my business plans became number 1.
What does it feel like to start?
Amazing. Suddenly, college started to make a lot more sense to me and I started to accept the fact that my company wouldn’t build itself overnight if I didn’t push a little everyday. It’s a building process, and laying brick by brick has definitely got me to where I am today. So I am willing to push myself every day to have conversations with people I don’t know and create to-do lists to get what I want done. All you have to do is visualize and once you know what you want, things start to fall into place. If you have an idea that you want to bring to fruition, the only thing that’s stopping you is the limitations that you have placed on yourself.
How much are you willing to push to get what you want?