Today is my last day as a full-time employee. I quit to work fully on my own business. From today on, I’m the CEO of Gartenzwerg, on a mission to enable anyone to grow their own food from home, no matter the space available, no matter the farming experience. This is very exciting!
This is what I have always dreamed of – to do my own thing and to do something that I believe has the power to make a difference. I don’t have the illusion that now things will get easier. After a year of working nights and weekends, I ditch my nine-to-five routine and convenience from my Marketing career, only so I can work eighty hours per week fully on the business. But it will be eighty hours on something that I have started and I have developed from the beginning.
Now it is on me and my co-founder, Andre. I’m my own boss. Every step and every decision is on us and if we don’t do it right, it all goes to hell and is our fault. However it will be also the most awesome thing ever in case we succeed. As a full-blood, passionate entrepreneur I have of course all the confidence and belief that this will work out. Otherwise I don’t think there is much of a point of starting your own venture in first place.
Of course we will make wrong decisions, as a matter of fact, we’ve done already some in the last year… but wrong decisions are not necessarily the reason what makes your company fail – although they feel frightening. As a start-up your day to day decisions are crucial and can have a very heavy impact on what direction your business takes. You didn’t get the pricing right and customers don’t pay for it? Done. You misinterpreted the market opportunity? Done. You didn’t quite figure out how to speak to your audience? Done.
It doesn’t matter how prepared you are and how much you have researched everything, you will encounter yourself in situations where you have to go with your gut feeling, because that is all you have and you can trust into for that moment. This is scary, yet, I believe that even if you make the wrong decisions it is not the reason for your downfall. Failure is part of the journey, you just have to be able to learn from your mistakes and to grow stronger out of them.
Easy to say for me now, I’m still at the very beginning of my journey – the freshly-baked full-time entrepreneur. But along the ups and downs and roller coaster rides, I’ll try to remember myself that I already managed to avoid the worst mistake I could do: not to take this opportunity and figure out where it takes me!
Because there is nothing worse than the daunting question in the back of your head: What if I would have…?
Besides, I think Gartenzwerg is pretty cool and I’m sure the world will love it.
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