This entire venture has been a long rollercoaster ride of triumphs and defeats. Being human I have to admit that those ups and downs sometimes get to me. To deal with it, and get my perspective back, I often hit the road on my motorcycle.
When you ride on a motorcycle on an open road, you realize just how small you actually are. Even Steve Jobs was small when riding a bike along the edge of the Grand Canyon. I pick a spot as large as that and just let riding my bike clear my head. Focusing on the road in front of me I am able to forget about my troubles for the moment and just enjoy the thrill of it.
To make it even more rewarding, I invested in a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet. Tuned in to my favorite hard rock music, riding along the highway on my bike makes everything seem like it will be okay.
This has not been an easy journey, especially when it comes to trying to raise capital. I am a very self sufficient person, and it is difficult for me to have to rely on others for help. I know it is necessary, but it doesn’t change the fact that each time I prepare a proposal, my pride is hurt a little.
What putting on my Bluetooth helmet and hitting the open road does is make me remember that at one point the founder of IBM was a stock boy in a supermarket or that Microsoft was launched in a garage. All these pioneers before me also had to put their tails between their legs and convince someone that they had created the next best thing.
And we see how that turned out no?
To raise capital for your own personal project you have to believe in it with your heart, mind and soul. So much so that you can sell it, or its idea to anyone. Along with this is the need to sell yourself. Because with a new concept, the investor is putting more faith in you than whatever it is that you created.
Being small is all about perspective. Even the president is small when he stands in front of Mt. Rushmore. To achieve any type of success, I have learned that I have to accept that there are few overnight success stories. But the lasting ones are all built on hard work and dedication and a founder who was willing to sacrifice it all for what he believes in.