Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group once said that the ideas for the best businesses tend to come from personal experience. The things we go through in life present us with learning opportunities from which we stand to benefit.
Recently, I held an event on entrepreneurship in Mecca. The main purpose of the occasion was to introduce people to the world of e-commerce. However, the organizing the event was not without its challenges. Many discouraged me from doing the event and warned me about the government policies and restrictions in the country. While some were genuine concerns others turned out to be concentrated efforts to put off the endeavor. But I listened to my instinct and pushed on with my objectives not deterred by the potential consequences. I did all the due diligence I could and ended up doing an event in the holiest place in the Muslim world right next to the Kabah.
On the day of the event it was no smooth sailing either. We encountered technical issues with sound and video, but still, we pressed on. We had a turnout of almost 300 people and around 360 people registered. The day was a success Alhamdulillah, and we finalized the evening with a QnA with the panel. Afterward, we enjoyed great food together and the people appreciated our efforts to share knowledge and experiences.
At the end of it all, I had learned a great deal of things. Here are seven lessons we all can take from my experience.
The Leverage Of Relationships And Networks
I could not have done the event alone. I had to use the various relationships and contacts I had in the country to organize and get the event done. Special thanks to shk Abu abdissalam, Luqman Yahya, Yusuf Mahmood and Dr. Yusuf Abdul Jobbar Events are holistic in nature and you need all the support you can have. You cannot hold an event without a venue, an audience and in some cases, facilitators. Making the best out of your network can give you that final push you need to achieve your goals and objectives, both in business and in all aspects of life.
Being Brave And Bold
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had good things happen to you. Remember what Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, America’s most successful fighter ace in World War 1, once said, there cannot be courage unless you are scared. We need to be faced with challenging situations to stir up courage within us. Always be ready to embrace a challenge and as you consider the potential risks of a decision factor in the potentials benefits as well.
Be Ready To Be a Pioneer
Being among the first few people to do something has its dividends. But to achieve what no one else has achieved, first you have to be prepared to do what no one else has done. Identify those things that you need to be done. Things that no one else seems to see. As Buckminster Fuller once said, these are the things you need to do.
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Be Confident And Trust Your Instincts
Our instincts give us an inborn ability to overcome challenging situations and make it through life. The problem is that many people lack the confidence to trust their instincts. If you fall in that category cheer up as trusting one’s instinct can be learned and practiced. This will help you pursue your goals relentless regardless of the opposition and obstacles standing in your way. I could have easily given up when people warned me to quit my plan but I didn’t. I stood my ground, trusted my gut and I was able to realize my goal . Know that people will not always agree with your instincts especially when they put you up against the grain of business or societal rules.
Do Your Due Diligence And Research
Before proceeding with the event, I did some research to ascertain the exact risks. Jumping into things has never been and will never be a great idea. So, whether you are buying a business or getting into a serious business transaction, its important to know what you are getting into.
Take Advice From People
As much as we may listen to advice from others, very few take it into account. Getting the right advice can make a great difference in your projects.
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Believe In YourSelf That You Can Do It.
Many a time when people abandon a project or even fail to start one it is because they don’t believe they can do it. If I didn’t believe in myself I wouldn’t have started my first business and I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would have given up on the Saudi Arabia event as early as in the planning stage. Believing in oneself brings about initiatives. However, that is not mean that you’ll be immune to failures. But instead of treating failures as defeat or the end of a road, learn to take them as learning experiences.
In the world of business, challenges can feel a little bit like rock climbing. There is the draw of success on one side and the anxiety and self-doubt on the other. But once you complete an adventure, it can bring about a sense of accomplishment and a drive to undertake an even more demanding challenge. All you have to do is get up and embrace the challenge!