Have a clear vision and goalYou don?t have years of wisdom on your side, so what you lack in background you need to make up for in energy and foresight. Stick to your guns and don?t let other people call the shots ? even if they mean well and are trying to be supportive, it?s important you?re not pulled in multiple directions. Think, for example, about being in a meeting with a group of potential investors ? passion, enthusiasm, purpose and a clear (realistic) goal are hard to dismiss. But if you waiver, you invite doubt and uncertainty ? you?re a deer in headlights. People buy into people, so demonstrate a strong sense of self-confidence and eventually the crowd will follow. Look no further than Corbyn vs. May…
Make quick like a spongeThat said, remember that setting course doesn?t mean ignoring the voices around you ? you?ve still got a lot to learn! Be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and get to grips with every function within your business. It?s no bad thing to embrace the expertise in your midst and ask questions ? it?s only by having more information to hand that you can make better decisions. In my case, my co-founder Omar has extensive experience in branding and company identity, and has been integral to nurturing the SPCE image. His unique insight has helped progress and shape the business in ways I wouldn?t have been able to imagine beforehand.
Be ready to take risksMid-twenties? Chances are you don?t have a family or mortgage to worry about yet, so why not boldly go where no one has gone before? You?re unlikely to have been conditioned to think in a certain way, making it easier to ?think outside the box? and come up with something truly innovative. And if you fail? You have the time and resilience to bounce back. This won?t be your only/last chance to carve out your own path ? something that your older counterparts won?t necessarily be able to say.
Embrace disruptionLinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat? bet you know how to use all of them. After all, we were the early adopters. We were the generation who saw Nokias evolve into smartphones and embraced the change. We were the first AirBnB-ers, Uber-ers and Deliveroo-ers. We are the ones who look to 3D printers or augmented and virtual reality, and don?t question why we need them but how we can use them. Disruptive technologies are your friend ? where they might intimidate traditional businesses, they scream potential to millennial entrepreneurs. Get ahead of the curve and incorporate them into your business plans ? you?ll be richly rewarded when others are scrambling to catch-up with trends later down the line. We won?t all be the next Zuckerbergs, but the path of the entrepreneur need not be the treacherous road it once was. For the graduate disillusioned by the traditional nine to five, it?s a perfectly viable career choice, ready to be injected with the energy and dynamism that youth brings. So, what are you waiting for? Leon Ifayemi, is CEO and co-founder of SPCE, a new renting app connecting students with homeowners local to their university campus, providing a safe and secure link between landlord and tenant.
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