make bandanas, bowties, collars, etc. for my dog and post about it. Even after striking dozens of sales through Instagram in the first few weeks, I could not have predicted that this would turn into an LLC that I would run and grow for years. When someone wanted to place a custom order for a product, I’d say yes before thoroughly understanding the request. If it was something new, I’d then spend hours tapping into the mounds of FREE knowledge available on the internet, go through several failed attempts, until I knew exactly how to deliver what was requested (and more) in the highest quality possible, as quickly as possible. Maybe I wouldn’t make a profit the first time, but then I’d add that to my online store and my skill at a new craft would get me more sales.
You might be wondering where I'm headed with this. Perhaps even anxious for that "secret" to success. It's something that we all have complete control over, something you can start working towards within the next minute...
Before you sigh in disappointment in hopes that a 16 year old was going to depart unheard-of words of wisdom that would grant you a one-way ticket to a six figure business... think a little. The significance of my little narration is less about elaborating about my past ventures and more about explaining how I unintentionally conditioned myself into an entrepreneurial mindset...
Always learning, always doing. Less contemplation, more action.
I didn't understand what I was doing for myself at the time... But today, I find it more intriguing staying up late to scribble ideas in my notebook and waking up early to execute them. I tune out of class in school and tune into @GaryVee podcasts. After school, I enjoy catching the train to longboard through the streets of Manhattan, knish in hand, until I find a concert to shadow or new spot where I can sit and get work done for clients. I meet new people and learn new things with every visit.
I don’t have anything against school... free education is a privilege! But I can say with certainty that parting with my first business after running it for years has equipped me with more valuable lessons, connections, failures, knowledge, and experiences than the entirety of my formal schooling thus far.