I’m back in Singapore working on how to start a business in the Asia region. It can sometimes be tiring to focus on the different parts that have to be in place to increase the chances of success. That’s why it was so nice when Saturday came – it was my first day for myself in 12 days. I decided to go sailing. After an hour of sailing, I realized that I wanted to do something more physically challenging. I decided to go windsurfing.
Start a Business: Teach Yourself?
I hadn’t windsurfed since a short vacation in Aruba around four years ago. Before that it had been at least 20 years in a lake in New Hampshire. The equipment was different and I certainly had forgotten anything that I knew about the sport. A long while ago I decided not to make things harder for myself when others were available to guide me. I don’t do my bookkeeping or accounting. I rely on the advice of lawyers for legal issues. I don’t cut my hair or change the oil on my car. I also refuse to teach friends; especially family. I’ve always encouraged ski lessons, taking night courses, or watching webinars rather than me explaining concepts to people close to me. The thought is that the relationship is too close to allow for successful teaching. I was about to throw all of this hard-earned experience out: When asked if I wanted a lesson, I said, “No. I’ll figure it out myself.”
Start a Business: There’s the Hard Way and…
there are even harder ways to start a business. You have enough problems to face that you shouldn’t add to them. I certainly shouldn’t have done that with windsurfing. What followed for the next hour was falling off of the board a lot, drinking a lot of salt water, and fatigue from pulling the sail up again and again. The business similarities could be trying to figure out your advertising, finding new customers, or getting your product/service under control. When I got back to the beach, an Australian said to me, “Do you think that it’s worth it to get a lesson?” I asked him how he thought I looked out there. He said, “You look absolutely gutted (worn out).” That’s a good enough answer for me.
Start a Business: You Can Win
It is possible to start a business without any advice. It’s just really hard. At the end of the day, I did make a few great runs and was pretty satisfied with my windsurfing after so long. The cost was a lot of patience and one huge backache that evening. Does it feel the same when you look at starting a business? Think about who your coaches are. Do they have the ability that you need to help solve your problems? Do they help to make your experience easier and more enjoyable? Let me know who you depend on to start your business.