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START UP COMPANIES! We want to know what makes you tick, your drive, passion and reasoning for starting your own company.

Why did you set up your own business?
What did you risk?
What drives you?
What do you do when people shot down your ideas?
Who was your inspiration?
What would help you persevere?

Any other thoughts into the workings of a start up company would be great.

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    Gail . 50+

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    Oct 2 2012: I once owned a business I called "Omnibus". I would do anything that sounded interesting. It was based on the premise that if I needed $$$, the phone would ring with a consultant offer. It worked.

    My time was mostly spent helping small 1-2 person businesses take the next step and grow, or helping businesses go through a structured implosion to prepare for retirement or semi-retirement.

    What did I risk? going hungry
    What drives me? a challenge and learning
    What do I do when things get tough? Define tough.
    Who was my inspiration? My own internal "voice". And all of those in history who helped inform my worldview.

    When the challenge is gone, and there's nothing left to learn, it's time to move on.
    • Oct 2 2012: That's lovely, thank you.
      Do you use anything to help you persevere? Quotes/Websites/events etc?

      Naomi
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        Gail . 50+

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        Oct 2 2012: Persevere? I don't do that any more. I allow life to take care of me.

        Sometimes, I do have doubts about how to proceed, but I take time to reflect on the problem. If I see challenge, I go forth.

        The trick here is to evaluate using critical thinking skills. Too many rely on emotions, that block out the feelings that are a universal language containing much wisdom. Those who confuse thought with emotions do need to persevere, as do those who have not yet learned that irrational fears are an invitation, not a stop sign.

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