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Introducing The Entrepreneur Interview Series

Over the past 12 months I’ve met over 200 aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, artists and creatives all across the country specifically in my local stomping grounds in London and Manchester. The motivational speaker Jim Rohn once famously said that we are the average of the five people that we spend the most time with. I therefore tend to spend most of my time around creative, artistic and entrepreneurial individuals and events because I’m a combination of those three qualities and skills. I recently decided to start interviewing these individuals because they have really interesting and inspiring stories to tell. I will be sharing these via my Youtube Channel and Facebook Page once a week.

In 2016 I made a conscious decision to network more and increase the number of my enterprise skills training workshops which is how I got to meet all these interesting people.

I believe that creativity and storytelling can be used as a way of inspiring, motivating and empowering people. The aim is to inspire, motivate and empower others to make that ever so brave decision of embarking on the journey of pursuing their dreams. For the average person, it’s almost impossible to meet such a diverse range of artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. The plan is to shoot and edit an interview between 7 – 15 minutes that can be watched during a work lunch break or during that daily commute to provide a motivational boost. Look out for some very insightful and surprising interviews coming up.

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Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 28:19

Many moons ago…

when I was about 14 or 15 years old, I had a vision, I was sat at the top of a table in a fancy boardroom somewhere in the City of London. I was flanked by 3 other people on either side (6 people in total were paying attention to what I was saying). I was wearing a burgundy turtleneck and a blue blazer.  At the time I had no idea where that vision came from or what it meant however something incredible happened four weeks ago. I found myself in a strangely familiar boardroom of a fancy Digital Agency called Modular. I had this sense of Déjà vu. It was only after I had left the meeting that it all came back to me. This is an experience that I’d had been through before.

 

What’s your vision of yourself?

All throughout my years at school, university and various job that I did I always had this vision. Although I didn’t specifically know what or how I wanted to do, I believed in doing and contributing something that makes this world a better place. I kept seeking for inspiration and setting goals while working towards them because I had a vision. I then came up with some ideas, most were disastrous but some worked out. I learnt and continue to learn plenty of lessons most of which I share in my workshops. To say that my path has been challenging is an understatement. As I continue to tell my story – and it’s a long and eventful one, one thing that I’ve learnt is this.

It’s never talent that holds somebody back, 99 out of 100 times it’s somebody’s vision of themselves and their idea of what is possible.

The book of Proverbs 28:19 says “…where there is no vision, the people shall perish.” Develop a crystal clear vision for yourself, see yourself in particular situations, imagine how you would sound and feel in those scenarios. Create goals, write them down, work towards them and in good time, you’ll find yourself living Déjà vu experiences.

 

Focus on building followers

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Vitaly’s audition on Britain’s got talent is pretty much exactly how things tend to pan out in the entrepreneurship world. When you have an idea that you’re trying to execute, you’ll always get ‘experts & consultants’ standing in your way, looking sceptical and doubtful, giving you that look that says ‘so you think you’ve got what it takes, so you think you’re the best thing since sliced bread, we’ve seen it all before…’ However as an entrepreneur, you just have to focus on impressing and capturing the imagination and attention of your target audience. That’s all that matters. Because once you’ve been able to acquire a massive following, once you’ve got the traction/momentum, then all the experts will come on board. The majority of investors will make you offers. Having traction and a growing following is the difference between success and failure. How many times have we seen or heard of startup companies backed by experts and well funded however they end up failing because they cannot gain that initial traction. Moral of the story is ignore the naysayers and focus on building a following. I’m currently in the process of building traction/following. Look out for a post on my experiences of building a following.

The road to success is always under construction

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Success means different things to different people. In the context of this post, I will refer to success in the context of career and personal development.

Agile Development:

In software development there’s a concept known as the ‘Agile Development Cycle.’ (See diagram above). This is normally used in the process of developing a new piece of software, a mobile app or website. Those involved in this process usually follow these steps. The first part of it is to plan extensively, then to design a prototype, build the prototype, test the prototype, review and then launch the prototype to the general target audience. This process is great because it focuses on constantly making small incremental modifications/improvements that take into consideration analysis and learnings from previous steps. For as long as the product i.e. website, mobile app or software is openly available to users/customers, the agile methodology/process never ceases. It’s on going. It’s constant. This is the reason we all constantly receive notifications prompting us to update our apps/software to the latest ‘improved’ versions.

Life lessons

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This model provides a great methodology applicable to individual/personal development. You constantly have to plan for what you need to achieve out of your life, this could include goals in terms of career, health, financial, education, relationships etc. What is required is designing a strategy, building a way, testing, reviewing and eventually launching yourself into it. Say for example you are interested in pursuing a specific career path as a Lawyer or Doctor. You have to plan extensively before you embark on such a path. You have to plan which college/university you will attend. Then when you get to university, you’ve got to design or choose the specific optional subjects or a major in your chosen area of study. This process goes on until you become a qualified professional. However even while you’re qualified and in a ‘stable career,’ in order to maintain your qualified professional status and climb up the ‘career ladder’ you need to plan, design, build, test, review and launch for the role or office that you aspire to hold. This means that there’s a constant need to train & develop yourself while in the job in order to keep up with the latest practices in that specific field of work. Hence the reason why The road to success is always under construction.’ Every decision you make requires you to go through this agile development process. The time spent on each specific step will vary depending on a number of different factors that you deem important to your own pursuits. Moral of the story is to get into the habit of planing, designing, building, testing, reviewing and launching. That’s how one is able to constantly reinvent themselves time and time again. No one can afford to remain static or dormant. As one of the greatest scientists – Charles Darwin once said, “…it’s not the strongest that survive the longest, but those that can adapt to change’

If you need any help designing or developing a web or mobile product using the agile mobile development method then please feel free to get in touch here or check us out over at Refined Creatives to see what we can do for you. You might also be interest in some of our Entrepreneur Training Workshops that we run for those with ideas that they wish to turn into a business.