Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Entrepreneurship Journey

Whoa, I'd ignored this blog for more than a month. I haven't been quite productive in writing these few weeks cause writing requires me to sit up right in front of my laptop. For a potato couch like me, I needed some motivation to do that. 

You see, writing a blog post, or a book doesn't give you an instant reward. For example like my cake business, I do, then I earn cash. So I'm kinda not really eager to do that. Plus producing a book requires a huge sum of money, and it has no guarantee that it's going to sell well, so it's basically a risk. That's the difference between an entrepreneur and an employee. An entrepreneur will always have to figure out how things work and how to put them together, and at the end of the day, you'll cross your finger that all your hard work is going to pay off. In other words, there is no guarantee in entrepreneurship.

I attended a talk a few months ago, there was this 60 something Malaysian lady who opened up my mind to entrepreneurship. This powerful gao gao woman owns a healthcare and beauty product company. While interviewing some youngsters, she asked them why do they want to be an entrepreneur? Their reply was because they don't want a 9 to 5 job. She said, if that's your answer, then you are not ready to become one. 

Entrepreneurship is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week work. Clients may call you in the middle of the night. Everywhere you go is a chance to network and promote your brand, even on a holiday trip. My former work manager is an extreme networker. She managed to recruit a few people to join her team while queuing to buy something. Can you imagine that?! That's how effective and desperate a networker is when she wanted more business. So if you think that by being an entrepreneur can allow you to go home at 5pm and rest, then you might as well don't start a business.

Of course, when I first stepped into this business, I didn't give it that much thought. All I wanted was to do something that I know (not necessarily good at, I'll show you in another post) and earn a little cash. I remember that time, I asked my mother, I don't know anyone, who am I going to sell it to? I only have my high school classmates. Little did I know that it would become a real business, with an official Facebook page and a logo to go with it. The other day, I met a stranger at a toastmaster meeting, she said she'd heard of Winnee Bakes. I was so gobsmacked to learn about this. I was like...what???!!!! REALLY??!!! 

I am unknowingly building my own brand from scratch, I have become an entrepreneur at the age of 23. 

Honestly, I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for a stranger whom I met at a book launching, I would still be at home feeling hopeless and clueless. I was very lucky x1000 enough to be invited to join a prestigious group of successful, rich and influential people. How influential? Datuk, Datin, the owner of this hotel, the founder of that organization, the managing director of this company, you name it. I considered myself honoured and blessed to have this opportunity to know them, to get business/referrals from them and to learn from them.

But the most important thing is, I took action. If I didn't join despite the kind invitation, nothing will come out of it. I remembered she invited another person to come to that organization's event as well, but that lady didn't show up. Fast forward to today, I'm currently a member with abundant of opportunities waiting ahead of me, and she's not.

Cheers to my entrepreneurship journey!

Stay tuned for my next post about some cakey business.

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