Saturday, January 17, 2015

Do Not Be Afraid - Success in Start Ups

I am not encouraging you to be reckless... by all means no.

Do your research, know your users, understand your partners interests... take precautions but by all means when it comes to action - Do Not be Afraid... just do what you need to Do and Fail in Action not Fail in Fear.

To succeed in start ups you need to be brave enough to fail

In my community I attend meetup after meetup and all I hear is people say... but here in Kenya this is the case... here in Kenya this is not possible... the regulatory environment... the availability of capital... my idea will not be stolen... how can you help us?

All I am saying is if you want to be an entrepreneur you have to lose "Victim Mentality" we have enough problems in Africa... we have the brains and access to resources to solve them... we are just cowards - stop being afraid... be brave.

The Bible - one of the world's most read religious writings says "Fear Not" - 365 times in the book.

One day each one of us will die... whether it is by choking on spaghetti watching a Mexican soap or Mountain climbing. I want to make sure that if my life ends on spaghetti then I really enjoyed the challenge of eating it... I don't want to zombie through life - I want to taste every bit of spaghetti I eat and feel every crag of mountain that won't hold my feet and be exhilarated by both

So let us take on the challenges our country is facing lets us put our best foot or best frontal lobe or best fingers forward and do something.

Let us build communication channels between human beings and systems, let us make processes more efficient, let us make transactions better, let us make human lives simpler... better... more healthy.

Fear prevents us from action
We will not put out our idea because we think it will be stolen... well here is your 411 you aren't the only one thinking it... but you could be the only one doing it

Fear Makes us hurt one another
How many times have we rejected an innovation just so that we can secure our jobs. Fear makes us evil... we deny millions of people better lives just so that we won't be out of a paycheck or so that an obsolete technology can continue making revenue for my company.

Fear is the price we pay for No Adventure
Everything worth living for - love, purpose, meaning... challenge us to be brave. We cannot love and open our hearts to love if we are afraid... we cannot do something greater than us if we are afraid... we cannot find meaning in our lives... and with the universe if we are afraid.

We cannot reach out to help others (read social entrepreneurship) or risk our viewpoint to understand others (read proper user experience research and empathy) or build great innovative business (read disruptive technology) without failing if we are afraid - Be Brave

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