So its half time peoples! Its June 1st which is roughly half way through the year 2018.
So far the year has gone by very fast for me. A good chunk of that time has been taken up by the Starter Studio program which ended on May 1. Even though the program has officially ended, Starter Studio is permanently my workplace till size force a move somewhere else. That program opened up so many opportunities for me with me getting to know and learn more, do things, and meet people I would never would have dreamed of at the beginning of the year.
This past 6 months has reinforced a few convictions I have always had. The first is that we all are the biggest obstacles we are ever going to encounter and the keys to what we can do and achieve lie with us and the passion and mindset we bring to different task and challenges we encounter. Secondly, when people have purpose and know what you want, time flies by fast and all of life challenges which might hamper others have a way of sorting themselves out.
The biggest lesson I have learnt so far began at the beginning of the Starter Studio program. During a session with potential mentors, one of the mentors said to the effect that in life things must be done with the most passion possible but without too much of an emotional attachment. I kind of brushed those words off at the time. But looking back, there are many assumptions which in the past few months I’ve had to not only discard, but discard rapidly when needed, and move on the next station with dazzling speed.
Half time is a time to look back and restrategize. Even some might be asking where 6 months went to, 6 months is more than enough time to change ones trajectory in ways which can be felt for a long time. So spend the next few days thinking about what has been done right this year and what has not been done so well. Think about the systems and routines which you use and think about how they can be made better. Go over all your goals set for 2018 and make necessary modifications where needed.
2018 is still up for grabs and is still within reach. All it takes its some grit, guts, and courage!
In taking the entrepreneurial path, one of the things I am learning is self-direction. Direction under a job in which external rewards and sanctions exist compared to a setup in which one is trying to forge ones own dream and reality on their own terms are two radically different ball games.
For starters, I plan out each day and what I have to get done in order to move the startup in the right direction. I also plan different activities I do which pertain to personal development. In reality, more time is spent on personal develop almost each day. If I were in a formal work setup, I would be given task with along with the deadlines for getting such done. But by being an entrepreneur, no such external push or sanctions exist. I have to motivate myself to get everything done through thick and thin.
In my case, it’s the guilt of not getting things done and the possible rewards which push me. I’ll confess, that on some days I can be quite ambitious in the task which I set that I am forced to roll some of them over into the next day. While on some other days, I am simply not in the mood or have the motivation to get task I have set done.
Even though entrepreneurship has its rewards, and without it, society and societal progress will come to a halt, its everyday workings are not necessarily as glitzy as portrayed. Its ultimately is a process through which those involved come to understand themselves better and aim to produce better versions of themselves each day. It is ultimately when entrepreneurs can be the best versions of themselves possible that their ventures, which ultimately are an expression of themselves, will fully blossom and serve society well.
Anyone who has been reading my blog post for a while should know by now that I am big on people having defined mission statements and life principles.
Life and mission statements are easy to craft in the moment of inspiration and high spirits. But keeping to them and bringing those words to life is the challenging part. Many people get overwhelmed and never know where to begin. Thus with time, people forget about their statements and those fancy pieces of paper they are written on become buried under other pieces of paper long forgotten and they begin gathering dust.
One thing to realize that is that personal mission statement and life principles are never final. Along the way, tweaks and revisions are made with greater insight and maturity. Also, mission statements are rarely achieved through large strides or few time actions. Rather, they are achieved through small steps at a time done consistently over a long periods of time.
So, if you don’t have a personal mission statement or life principles, get down to it. Ask yourself what you want from life, what you want associated with you, and your small way in which you would like to make the world a better place. Articulate whatever thoughts you come up with on paper. It does not need to be perfect to begin with because like I said its a work in progress and not a one time thing. If possible, even frame it up and place it in places where you will see it on a regular basis till it becomes second nature.
Nothing is worse than living a life without purpose and a mission. Its within the reach of everyone on earth to have both. Imagine how better off if half of this country or even half of humanity had mission statements and defined life principles.