Building a startup is not easy; in fact, it can be down right brutal at times. Life can be equally as hard!
I have learned 5 very valuable lessons during my journey with SocialCoaster. In this 5-part series I am going to apply those lessons to life and explain how you can change your future with a few simple adjustments.
Let’s talk truth for a second, running SocialCoaster has been really hard. Creating a business is hard, if it were easy to build a billion dollar business – everyone would do it. From the outside looking in it may seem as if things have been smooth sailing for our team, it seems that way SOLELY because it’s my job to make you think that . Reality is, since the day I started SocialCoaster there has not been an hour that passed that I didn’t face a major obstacle.
Here is the cliff note version of the SocialCoaster journey….
Cool I have an awesome idea. | now what? | I will build it. | Oh crap.. I’ve never built an app. | I’ll hire a contract team – It’ll be cheap. | Oh No, Not Cheap! | What do you mean you’re going to stop working on our project? | I will bring the work in house. | Time to hire. | Wait.. I’ve never hired before. | Hope I am Making a Good Hire. | Team in Place Let’s Develop. | Oh no.. It’s going to take team a while to learn code. | We need to hit Dec. 31 deadline! | Let’s hire another contract team to help. | Contract team charges 70k. | Contract Team Misses Deadline. | Contract Team Delivers Final Project in Worse Shape than Sent to Them. | Goodbye 70k! | January Passes. | February Passes. | March Passes. | My Awesome Team has Developed SocialCoaster BETA. | Hooray… Tons of People Download. | Oh no… The rush is over. | Where is the Android App we are asked? | Android Development begins. | Feedback comes in – people don’t understand the app. | cool.. We will just make adjustments. | Oh no.. these adjustments are going to take a while with our small team. | Let’s hire. | Not enough money to hire. | Let’s Raise the Money. | Cool.. We found a 500k investor. | Investor suddenly stops responding. | Let’s raise money. | Wow.. This is harder than I thought.. | Cool Some money raised. | Where is the Android app? | More money needed for development. | Now we don’t have enough to hire another team member. | Let’s Buckle Down & Get this thing done. | Power pole falls at office knocking out internet & power. | Let’s move to my garage. | Let’s Maintain our Culture & Fun Working Environment. | Awesome.. Team is ready to launch re-invented SocialCoaster 2.0. | Performance Issues, Bugs, and Crashes Oh My! | Fix them. | Team works really late hours. | Fixed Most of them. | Approval of Update take 12 days! – Finally | We need to make functionality adjustments. | Wait.. We need to make a lot of adjustments. | Ok.. These are priorities… | Keep Grinding. | How to we increase user base? | How do we encourage inviting? | How do we increase engagement? | Users giving positive feedback = yes! | What do they not like? | Keep Focused. | Move Forward.
Ok.. That seriously was only a very minor outline of what we have encountered to get to where we are. It’s clear running a startup is not easy but I have learned to get over it and focus on what NEEDS to be done.. And then do it. Dwelling on the issue at hand is not going to change anything, only ACTION & FOCUS can improve a negative situation.
Application to Life: Life is tough for us all, trust me when I say you are not the only one with problems. Handling challenges comes down to preparing yourself mentally for them and EMBRACING them. This is easier said than done, I realize that. When I speak to groups about my entrepreneurial journey I always say a good entrepreneur wakes up every morning and lies to themself saying, there is no way I can fail!
In life you have to do the same thing! No matter what you are currently facing you must wake up every morning and say, “There is no way I can fail.” Take each challenge one at time and overcome them. A little biblical encouragement can be found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 .
From my own person experience, when I look back I can always see the purpose of all the bad things that have happened. Everything good in my life has came as a result of something that seemed horrible at the time. When things are going great INHALE, BREATH DEEP, and store it — let that fuel you through the tough times. There is always light at the end of each tunnel and there are always additional tunnels in the horizon. You must make a conscience effort to remain mentally strong.
As soon as you can embrace challenges and hardships as reality, the faster you can suck it up and get over them. Life truly is what you make it, wake up tomorrow morning and say, this is what I set out to do and there is nothing that is going to keep me from succeeding. Period.
Coming Up in Part 2:
Lesson #2 – Learn to Solve Problems Unconventionally!