Entrepreneurship is like Fight Club

Entrepreneurship is like Fight Club

Over the last months I’ve learned what it really means to found a company. Not the early stage with signing the contracts, planing the future and getting all the good voices of family, friends and relatives, because you own a business now.

No, it’s about the crisis of next steps, getting Facebook Likes, solving dozens of coding errors and being glad about new updates of a boring business software. Two years ago I never would have thought that I’ll ever being happy about such an update…

And some days ago I got hit so hard because of an price offer we never had estimated in this height that I realized what it’s all about – Entrepreneurship is like Fight Club.

You get beaten up again and again. You enjoy the periods directly after a hit, because you have at least a second of rest. The first fights are tough and you won’t win every one. But you stay and go on. Fight after fight you rise up with the goal of being the champion. Many will give up in this progress. But not you. You keep fighting and fighting and then, you get your championship tournament. And you possibly even beat the current champion. What you haven’t recognized is the fact that the party now goes more than ever.
From now on you have to defeat your title against many other ones and you grow older and older, get weaker. It remains being tough.

Yes, entrepreneurship is an infinite series of fights and punches in the face.
But you know what? It’s amazing.

Maybe it’s crazy and dumb, but I think that’s what life should be. Ups and downs. Ups and downs. Only after those downs you can really enjoy the ups.

The picture above shows two ways to live. Everybody should decide that for himself. But entrepreneurship is definitely the upper one. There’s nothing bad about the lower one. You just have to know what you prefer. I just think that it’s even more difficult to handle entrepreneurship with the second kind of lifestyle.

Someone remembered me some time ago that 500 years ago a much higher percentage of people were entrepreneurs or business owners. Most of the people had small businesses. Blacksmith, baker, farmer.
That proves that we really have the ability to be self-employed or entrepreneurs. We can do it. We just have to start believing in ourselves and take the first step.

 
Which type of life do you prefer?

The four principles of every project

The essentials for a project

 

In the last months I’ve learned that both for the personal development and for the team progress two things are very important:

The individual identification with the project

Only if you’re truly convinced by the idea, you give in ambition, élan and creative ideas as you should, to the extent. In the best case I should also use the product or service personally. You’ll discover moments in a startup where you normally would throw everything away. These can only be overcome with true conviction; if you love your vision.

Equal values/principles as a member of the team

Like in a kindergarten or in the classroom also for a founding team rules are very useful. A system you can draw on in critical situations, everyone considers as right and which you can apply to make mutual decisions (sure you have to adjust such a system of values from time to time).

I wrote a paper about the four most important project values for myself some time ago and every time I’m looking at it I realize what is really essential and whereof I can orientate myself:

The four principles of every project

1. Freedom
I will do my part to ensure that freedom is preserved both for others and me and I will also make sure that the activities and ideas of every person in a project are taken into consideration, so nobody is restricted in his other actions by working together. However it’s important to put time and effort into this project, to have the desire to come true in this project. How, where and what we do is decided together and we reflect that periodically as a team. If the current approach doesn’t fit with the attitude of one of the team members or me, we communicate and solve that.

2. Confidence
Beside of private or other conflicts every team member can be completely confident about me concerning this project. I can rely on this base in each of the other members, too. We are a team and stand side by side in every situation.

3. Open communication
Deficiencies, critics, stress (both physical and psychical), cares and concerns are brought up openly. If one of the team members or I have problems with a decision, situation or an incident, we solve that together. As a founding team we are there for one another and support us anytime.

4. Fun
I will take care that every team member makes progress on his way to self-realization. Therefore we will discuss the current course together regularly, check if it still leads us to our goals and update it if needed. This project will also bring many exhausting phases and moments, but after all it shall enhance and fulfill me.

Task-managing notebook system

A writable system to manage your tasks in a physical notebook: http://bit.ly/1f0uTP1
You work with three kinds of symbols: tasks, events & notes. For every month you got a new page and write down your workings for each day.