The following are some tips for becoming a successful startupper based on my experience of building a company from nothing to up in the Netherlands.
- Take risks.
Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure. At the age of 38 I was fired from the only full-time job I’d ever had – the job I liked.
But I never let myself look back, and the very next day I took a big risk and co-founded a start up company based on an unproven idea that carries a huge international econimic and political risk.
In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail – and you must have the courage to go for it anyway.
- Be persistent.
If you are not persistence, it is in the box that you will fail. You will fail. And I am talking about the persistence in doing when everyone and everything is against you.
When I started my first company, that’s was a catastrophe every day for one and half year. I turned every stones, got to know all my competitions, got to know all my company’s strength and weakness and knocked all doors. As used to say even when nothing worked I would sincerely die in happiness, nothing else or more could had been done. Of course miles far away from my comfort zone. There is a difference between failing and failing and you are beside the success when you acknowledged it.
You need audience, you need support, you need trusted advise, you need network. This is a cost effective way to improve your platform and I do suggest you leverage on it.