Day 18: Bullies & Business

Photography by Sidney Diongzon

Photography by Sidney Diongzon

While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.
— Rasheed Ogunlaru

I'm learning a bunch of business terms and techniques, many of which go over my head. Niche strategy, distribution channel, triangulation - a bit intimidating, right? But a lesson I've learned over the years in dealing with intimidation is to simply step back. For example, a few years ago I left a great job and moved to England. Was it intimidating? Of course! But after stepping back to see a bigger picture, I saw that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to see the world. Another example was back in junior high school when my friends turned into my bullies, literally overnight. Was I intimidated by them? Absolutely. For a long while, I wondered why they turned out the way they did. I took a step back to see a bigger picture and discovered how adolescent teens strongly desired social acceptance - and still do. They desperately wanted as many people possible to like them. They didn't seem so intimidating anymore.

With my business, I'm going to take a step back from all the intimidation to see a bigger picture. And you know what I'm discovering? All of this resembles a school project, much like a science project or a class presentation. The research is essentially the same but with different terms. Instead of studying for a good grade you study for profits, which is a better motivation to start a business! Truthfully, looking from this perspective is actually boosting my confidence because I remember kicking butt when it came to school projects and class presentations. 

So whatever is intimidating you, simply take a step back. When you see a bigger picture you'll be able to simplify and have a better perspective. Don't let business bully you.