I have always thought that all people are entrepreneurs, but some of them just don’t know that they are. I have always felt that I was an entrepreneur, regardless of my role: with responsibility for my actions.
I think success depends on three things: the idea, the design, and the implementation. The importance of each varies, but in practice, good ideas are translated into plans and strategies, after which they need to be put into practice. The shortcomings of ideas and plans, as well as their value, only become clear during the implementation phase, which is often the most difficult phase.
I think success depends on three things: the idea, the design, and the implementation.
Continued success in all three is, to say the least, difficult. An entrepreneur needs a certain kind of mentality where they think that anything is possible and that they can do almost anything. The flip side of that mentality is that when things don’t go as planned, the idea that everything could have been done better gets stuck in your head. The feelings of failure often culminate in the entrepreneur’s own self, even though all things always have at least two sides.
I believe that success is based on knowledge. Different skills, training, intuition and networks are all accumulated knowledge at the end of the day. When we started Kokku, I had already had time to study and do many things in my life. We were young, somewhat experienced and had a strong vision. Looking back, though, there are a thousand things I didn’t know back then.
There’s a worn-out start-up mantra that states that Steve Jobs once said he got help from anyone he dared to ask. I cannot say that would completely apply to me. However, most of the people who I asked for help, gave it to me and there has been a massive amount of them. Individuals have always been more valuable in providing assistance than organisations. I try to be picky about what advice I take and use the best guidance as effectively as possible.
Remember that you have as many opportunities to predict the future as anyone else. In addition, remember to always go back to your own estimations and re-evaluate them. This way you can develop your own ability to predict the future and learn to make better plans. The best plan wins because implementation is just rigorous repetition.
It is easier to paddle in a storm if you know which way you are going.
I think the most important thing is to determine your own purpose – why you do what you do. Through that, one can constantly determine what is essential. It is easier to paddle in a storm if you know which way you are going.