If the past years have taught me one true thing it's to feign brave, even in the face of uncertainty.
Entrepreneurship is hard. There are no road maps, no rules, many ups, as many downs, big wins, crushing losses, wild guesses, giant leaps and plenty of days when you wonder why the F you started.
But having met and learnt from Silicon Valley front runners and many of Australia's leading startup game-changers last year @unimelb @wadeinstitute in Australia's first Master of Entrepreneurship, I started to see much of what holds us back from startup success is ourselves.
No startup comes easy. It's hard, hard work. And you've got to really want to do it (because no one else is going to push you to get up every day and keep working on it). What I've also seen is the startup ecosystem here is full of people who have drive and dynamism but who, I realised, also have significant imposter syndrome and self-doubt, but the difference between those who can and those who can't is their willingness to be brave, back themselves, challenge status quo, use their networks, weather startup stumbles, keep getting up, keep pushing and to keep pivoting and validating and pivoting again til they eventually land on a market. Then they swim like mad.
It's the mindset that makes an entrepreneur. Make yours a brave one this year. #juststart #beashark .
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