My company recently got featured in FORBES and yes I am very proud (thats the pic they used – by Patrick Domingo). I know many people who would like to start their own business. My advice: Don’t! Just don’t! Save your time and money and those around you. Why? Because if you have what it takes to succeed, you would not need to listen to any advice – you would simply do it. Because you will meet millions of people who will tell you it is not possible. Your parents, your friends, your partner maybe. As well as many strangers.
If you start your own business you have to have MONEY, A BIG NETWORK, A SPARKLING PERSONALITY and a STRONG WORK ETHIC.
Your days will be filled with enormous challenges. Managing people, managing yourself. Which is sometimes the hardest part, because you will not know what to do. OFTEN. And you will be forced to act anyhow. To do the right thing is not always that obvious. Trust me. And sometimes you simply don’t have enough room or money to do the right thing. Even during your darkest hour you will HAVE to be the biggest cheerleader for your company, clients and team. Being polite when you want to yell at everybody around you, give your last cent, even when you already have a hole in your pocket and always smile because nobody wants to see a doubting founder. Because if YOU don’t believe in your business, nobody will. Most people have the wrong expectation that life owes them something, which I find highly amusing and so wrong that I would need to invent a new word for it.
My grandmother raised 4 kids during NAZI occupied-Poland and communism. She was such a great mother, you have no idea. Sometimes she didn’t even know what she would feed her kids the next day as she lost her husband and there was no money or support to be expected from anybody. But god helped me, she said. I always wondered how. But he was there, she said.
Indeed, I have met very very few people who have that special something which makes them outstanding. My friend Lisa, for example. She founded Schlossseiten at the same time I founded BOULESSE. We are facing similar struggles and we both launched a magazine, which we produced entirely by ourself. I am utterly proud of her and her husband who I respect so much for what they have achieved and the integrity they run their business with. I have met very few people who are doing things for the right reasons with the right approach at the right time. I love her dearly and I am 100% positive that she will be super successful with her venture. And I don’t mean the blogger way of “dear friend”, I mean it in the most honest, real-life way.
Do me a favour and have a look at her page and explore what Austrian castles have to offer. Get a copy of her magazine online with us.