yourlifein3lines

From One Who Still Dreams

What’s written below is how I describe my life in 3 lines. I submitted this to  yourlifein3lines and it was posted on 20 Jan 2013. 

yourlifein3lines:

  1. My father got a dream, his dream was to be a successful entrepreneur; together with my mom, they went through thick and thin- he got successful but lost everything to gambling and alcohol.
  2. My mom took up the responsibility, pull us through the difficult time and paid back the debts; She has a dream to see me though University because she believes that education is the least she could provide for me. (She gives me so much more)
  3. I have their dreams like mine; I got through university and started my own company- Now it’s time for me to dream wildly
  • Learn Learn: I was born poor but I would not die poor. It’s always tough in the beginning but hardworking and perseverance will bring you success. We need to have dreams and we cannot stop dreaming.

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nlsanders:

Lately there has been a deluge and proliferation of the word “pivot” in the entrepreneurial community. Especially the tech world. 90% of the time I hear it— it’s used in the wrong context. So stop. It’s annoying and it gives a bad name to a necessary principle. What Mashable and Techcrunch would…

Good read on what the hell is a Pivot. Is it something that startups say because it’s trendy now? Just like the words “Web 2.0” or “Platform” etc… which if you have realised these words seem to have gone missing. So what is a buzz word that you think will hanging around the startup scene in 2013?

I’m guessing ENTREPRISE - eg. “I run a startup that targets ENTREPRISE

Startup life is tough but it is also rewarding

if you are into cycling than I’m sure you will love this amazing video. And if you are not, I hope you are slightly inspired by the video to pick up cycling. When I was watching this video, I could correlate cycling with a tech entrepreneur's startup life.

Cycling is tough, towards the end of the video you see many crushes. So is starting up a company. 

Startups are hard. No, startups are damn hard. - Y-Combinator grad Chad Etzel

I like to share certain parts of the video that I feel correlated to startup life.

The sharp cold wind even it’s UP wind forces you to go on - 0:17s

When you build a business, there will always be opposing forces. Sometimes they might even be your friends and family. When I first left my job for Intraix, my mom was totally against it (she 101% supportive now). My friends thought I was crazy (totally love me now). But I continued.

Cyclists hated head-wind because head-wind slow us down, it makes us pedal with more effort but to reach the finishing point, we cannot stop.   

In respect of the opponents comes the major reason not to give up - 0:31s

In my personal opinion, I think most entrepreneurs are stubborn and egoistic. Because they like prove people wrong. If you say their ideas are crazy, they will prove it to you they are not. And it is because of this attitude that we are now flying.

Think Wilbur and Orville Wright, they owned a bicycle shop. They said they want to fly in the air with parts for bicycle. People called them crazy.

where men take off to the finish line and make them immortal…They joined the heroes and become GOD and only the strongest will wear the pink - 0:51s

And usually for those who make it, we see them as GOD. I think Mark Zuckerberg is GOD. He totally changed the game for social media. He build a company that many people are using and businesses have build upon it. (some people like him, some people hate him but he still build an amazing company)

Now it is the same for cycling, towards the end of a sprint, the cyclist that dash out and crosses the finishing line is the Winner. You can called him anything you want during the race but the end result is he is the winner.

The question lies “What about the losers?”, I think losers do not suffer because they have gotten an experience that none of their friends can embrace. For example, hiring an the first employee, firing your co-founder or even explaining to your employees that you have no salaries for them and many many others.

This amazing experience is something money cannot buy. It belongs to you and me who have taken our first step into entrepreneurship. And now I know why I love cycling because it gives me the same rewarding experience as starting up. My startup journey is like a roller coaster, what about yours? love to hear them in comments.

*btw, I love watching Giro d’Italia more than Tour de France. Definitely much more exciting in my opinion.  

A very deep video. Sort of asking the audiences “are you happy?” …

Personally, starting from last Sep when I left my job to venture out on my own, it’s been the best time ever. I doing what I love to do, I do not drag myself to work. In fact, I look forward everyday of my life. 

I also experience many ups & downs during this period. Many times I wanted to give up yet I manage to pull through. I believe what I have learn have certainly make a stronger person and a better businessman.

Do you have that special project in mind that you always wanted to do… and if you have now is the TIME!!! 

More by Mark (by Orbitaga)

Many aspiring entrepreneurs have deep but narrow expertise in areas such as technology. So the breadth of knowledge acquired from an MBA, which covers such areas as managing people, marketing and finance, would be useful to them in evaluating their own ideas and convincing others about the quality of their proposals. An example of this is the fact that an MBA graduate would be in a better position to assess feasibility and whether a market exists for a product or service.

me: Seriously?? What do you think fellow Entrepreneurs! Do you think you need a MBA to run a startup?