Travelling and writing are both close to my heart. As an ordinary man whose life started at the lowest of lows, I then began dreaming. Like what I constantly told myself “The poorest of all is not a man who doesn’t have any cents in his pocket, but a man who doesn’t have a dream”. Yes, that quote was exactly what took me to where I am now because I dream big.
I know that this post might be out of the topic about what my real blog site is entirely about. But I don’t desire to be selfish and just keep what I have just learned recently.
But before I partake in what happen recently, I want to share who am I and where I came from so you would understand the whole thing. I would implore you not to cry after reading this.
I moved away from home since I was 13 years old because I belong to the”dysfunctional family”. Both my parents bequeathed us, and I have nowhere to go. From the mountainous terrain of Mindanao in the Philippines where electricity, fast food, toys, even basic needs like tooth brush and body soap, and everything that a young kid should have experienced at that time were completely not accessible. And most of the things I’ve mentioned above were not even familiar to me at that time. I was educated to work really hard at a young age before experiencing wearing a new “slipper” or tasting a “can goods”, which is mostly sardines at that time.
Then, I traveled to the civilized town to work while studying as my way of getting out from poverty. Fortuitously, after all the bloody hardships. I was able to achieve the life I want to experience, to at least buy the things I want, and things that I didn’t able to experience when I was still a young kid.
That was me before, can you even imagine?
Anyway, five months ago, I was in the middle of confusion, either use my five year savings, which was intended for my “100 days backpacking around the world” or invest it in a food business. After all the unending battles in mind, I end up investing it in a food business. True enough, I went about the process of finally managing my own business. At first, it was really fulfilling, since I took another exciting venture in life. As time goes by, my energy depleted remarkably, and just like that, It has brought me close enough to subside for a scary thought life. I’m always stressed, I was no longer happy, I have no time to travel, until it goes to finally closing the business after five months of business operations.
So here’s what I’ve learned from five months of running my business and things I should have learned before starting a business.
Start with the business that’s close to your heart or something that you’re passionate about.
I should have asked myself if this would be something that would still make me happy even it will drain my energy like climbing a tough mountain. Yes, definitely I forgot to ask about it. I was too clingy to start a business that I have not seen myself doing it since from the beginning. I assume that doing a food business would probably make me a better person or make me happy along the way, but turned out a big burden. It was like carrying a baggage every day that I scarcely want to stop, but I can’t because I don’t want to be called as a failure.
Don’t pressure yourself just because you’re almost out of the calendar.
Yes, looking at where I came from, I was then afraid about the future. I thought that I have to do this and do that because I’m close to my “30’s”. I pressure myself a lot that before embracing my 26th year of existence, I should begin my own business. Eventually, that brought me to embark on a business without carefully studying the in and out of the business. Just like what they always say, there’s always time for everything. I guess, pressuring myself is like jumping on a plane without bringing a parachute.
Investing in a business is like choosing who to marry.
Yes, It took me a hundred of bucks to learn that thing, that investing in something like business is like choosing who to marry. Studying and knowing the possible cynical situations of the business and how you can cope up with it if this will adhere. Yes, I conducted a feasibility study about the location, the products, and the food cart business and all, but I suppose, it was not enough. It’s like choosing who to marry, we should deeply know the person before we can eventually decide to marry that someone. Truly, it requires time and jumping into a conclusion right there and then should never be an option.
Don’t expect about the yield on investment as quickly as blinking your eyes.
Yes, before I started the business. I already have foreseen myself probably earning after 3 months of operation. I underestimate the challenging process before earning. I never thought about adjustment, which in the first phase, I still shell out money to run the business and to pay all the overhead expenses. I never considered that reaching break-even after the whole month of operation is harder than I think it was. With all these unforeseen processes, I realized that investing in business is like paying a tuition fees in school, to probably learn in the beginning before you can finally apply it and start earning. Again, it actually takes time to earn, and having a 1-2 years back up business plan and fund should be available.
Find or look for a business mentor just like how you choose a friend to talk to whenever you feel down and happy.
I jump into the conclusion that I can make it myself without seeking any advice from people who has the experience of doing the business or have been successfully doing the business. I was relying on my own knowledge that running a business would make me a “Businessman”. It’s always great to talk with someone who have experienced in business, in this way, you’ll be enlightened and motivated to continue with what you’re doing. It’s like choosing a friend to talk to whenever you feel down. It will certainly make your baggage lighten once you were able to release everything to your friend.
You should rise after the fall and never stay on the same ground.
Yes, it hurts me a lot after investing not just the money, time and everything, it turned into something I never have thought to come about. Hence, like what we invariably hear from a lot of people, we should always rise after our fall because we are destined to move forward and should never stay on the same ground.
I may have regarded it as a failed investment, or probably not. I’m nevertheless happy that once in my life, I made a great decision. It gives me a great deal of lessons that I’ll be forever going to treasure for the rest of my life. I may have not achieved my “100 days backpacking around the world”, but this will certainly be something I’m proud of myself.
After all, life is still beautiful. There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 365 days in a year where great things are always available as long as we keep moving forward and never stop dreaming. It may take me another 5 years to save for 100 days backpacking around the world, but I’m still excited and motivated to reach that dream of mine. Who knows, this time it won’t take me that long to save, and little by little, I can still travel around the world, one flight at a time. I’m still so grateful and I thank God for always guiding me.
All the views shared in this blog post are from my personal experience and its not intend to discouraged people from venturing in any business, especially in food business.