Fear, self-doubt, and uncertainty are emotions many people experience when they think about starting a business. While many people have brilliant ideas that can positively impact the world, only a few find the courage to act and that’s the basic difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t.
You need bravery to create something new and you need to pour your heart into it until it pays off. If the world were full of brilliant individuals with no guts, progress cannot be made. That’s why I want to share my story to inspire in you the courage to build that business.
I have always been passionate about art from a young age. I can easily recall happy memories of me creating art for endless hours, sometimes skipping meals. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to build a business to tells my story as an artist. But life happened along the way. Being a young adult comes with responsibility where you have to pursue financial security. And so, my dreams where relegated.
I couldn’t start the process of building a business because I was scared of failure. Several thoughts constantly caused me to push the brakes anytime the thought of building a business crossed my mind - What if it doesn’t work out? What would I do thereafter? What would my family, friends, and others think of me?
But as I woke up every morning to go to work, I knew I wasn’t fulfilling my potential. Even more painful was the fact that I wasn’t even trying. I know many people just give up with their dreams and move on with life - but I couldn’t. I knew if I lied on my deathbed, I would hate the life I had lived.
This caused me to quit my full-time job and pursue my dreams. I always wanted to tell a story through art in an innovative way. That was when the idea of ‘The Art of Hilda’ was born. The Art of Hilda is about connecting with people through my designs on items people all over the world use every day. I started imprinting designs on iPhone cases. Thereafter, I started designing on several other items.
Undoubtedly, starting The Art of Hilda is one of the best decisions I’ve made in life. Anytime a client tells me how much they loved my designs, I think to myself, “If I hadn’t found the courage to start, I would not have been able to put a smile on that client’s face”. The many testimonials I receive reminds me of what I want to do.
When you fail to find the bravery to create and build your business, you keep wondering what could have happened had you tried. The truth is you can never know. It may have failed, but it also could have ended as a success.
Here are some of the lesson I’ve gained that can help you find the courage in building a business:
Set attainable goals.
Make sure you work on your goals every day, whether you feel like it or not.
Focus on your passionate clients or customers. They want to see you succeed.
Learn quickly from your failures and move on as fast as possible.
Get mentors that can guide you on the challenging journey of entrepreneurship
Never Give Up.
I hope I’ve been able to inspire you with my story and I hope you find the courage to turn your dreams into a reality!