Entrepreneur is a hard word. Right? It really took me a great while to learn the spelling. Um, though my spelling bee skills have always lacked so I probably wouldn't blame this spellings. But BEING an entrepreneur is a whole another thing. Basically, an entrepreneur is a person who establishes a business from scratch and take it to higher levels. Sometimes, even more than that.
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful entrepreneurs of the world. Like that. Hmm.
Today, I wanted to talk about entrepreneurship but on a little different scale. Young entrepreneurship.
When I was in 8th grade, my main aim was to
I had been inspired by so many people from my life who were completely self-made or too successful in their own fields. If you've ever wondered why I am too into Math without even loving it, it's just because Math is what my family subject is. Natural.
Well, there have never been so many opportunities in Pakistan for teens to grab. So you've to either create it , get it or LOOK HARD for it. I had no idea what opportunity I might take. Or how I was ever going to achieve it. Aw killer thoughts. So I wondered what could be the most important thing for me?
Internet. Heck yes. My Amma Jaan claims this generation is so ruined that they'll die without an internet connection. So if I could use internet for a better tomorrow, what else could be better than that?
I already had a blog (on which you're reading this) so I started using it for a more influenced social impact. I wrote about things that I loved. Writing and designing web spaces had always been my favorite thing so I turned them both into a blog & a designing studio. I knew it was something I would always love to do, no matter what, so it must go on. It was the first step of young entrepreneurship for me. It may or may not stay small like this but I am proud of what I did or I am doing. Wink wink.
I am 17 years old. And to everyone who's reading this, I wanna say you to work hard. Sorry, HARDER. We're not just stupid youngsters, lingered to our phones and iPods and dreaming about movies. We're the future and for future, do something when you're too young. To make mistakes you would remember not to make in your 20's. To lead a life your next generation would be proud of. It's not about money. Or fame. It's about just trying out your capabilities.
This post idea was dancing in my mind ever since Global Young Executive featured me in their young entrepreneur spotlight. I am still "awww-ing" over it.
I am featuring one of my very favorite young biz lady in this post, too. Melyssa of The Necter Collective. She's been an inspiring web person and I adore what she does. I asked her some questions that had always made me curious. Yipes.
Q1: How do you manage a good schedule for blog posts and designs? I know it's an OLD question and must be a boring one but you can answer it in a nutshell.
A. I decided to write a full post about this here: http://thenectarcollective.com/2014/07/organize-plan-blog-posts/
Q2: When you're less motivated about blogging and designing , how do you cope with it?
A. Good question! I find this to be one of the most difficult things about being an entrepreneur. When I'm unmotivated, I usually take a little break or a 20-minute nap to refresh myself. If I really need to get to work, I'll start with the easiest or most fun things on my list, to ease into my work day. If I just can't work, I don't force it. I'll take a few hours or the whole day off and go do something else. Then, I'll just work an extra day (usually) on a day I'd normally have taken off. I find that with creative work, it's hard to force motivation. You just have to grab it when it comes and use your time efficiently when it's there.
Q3: (tad bit less relevant) what camera do you use for blog photography?
A. I use a Panasonic Lumix. To be honest, it's not my favorite! I had a Nikon D50 in the past and would recommend that one instead. :)
Q4: Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?
A. My advice for young entrepreneurs would be that literally anything is possible. Anything. If there's something you want, you can typically achieve it with a lot of hard work and networking. Decide what big dreams you have and then chip away at them in small ways everyday.
I'd like to know your views on young entrepreneurship / young careers. BOOMBASH?