We all know someone like that—they think of a great and novel idea, get hyped, and then do nothing about it. Once in a while, the dream or idea crosses your mind in the depths of the night, lighting up your soul with flames of passion. You spend about ten minutes imagining what could be, and fall go back to sleep.
You might have brought up the dream with your friends. They laugh, and quickly change the topic to avoid an awkward silence. Perhaps you thought of doing something about that dream, but the mocking voices have the incredible ability to discourage and stop you. So you bury that passion even deeper.
I’ve been through these, but no matter how difficult things got, I chose to persist. With every decision I make, I know there are countless possibilities lying ahead. Repeat those steps a few times, and I became what people call an “entrepreneur”.
What inspired me to pen this down is Luyu Chen, renowned Chinese talk show host. While watching her show a few days back, I was surprised to hear that her beliefs are almost entirely in line with mine. She said: “entrepreneurship is a lonely path”—a sentiment that effectively encapsulates my journey thus far.
Indeed, this journey is a lonely one. It always will be, because you’re doing things differently from everyone else. There’s no one for you to confide in, no one to consult, no one to guide you through rough patches. But you know what? All obstacles are an inner process. In most cases, you can’t expect to get help and too often, you’re the only one you can rely on. You just have to accept this fact and embrace the journey—the joys and pains through it all. This experience is priceless, and it has nothing to do with money nor fame.
Monspace has been around for three years. We started off as a small team, and not many people took us seriously. We had to cross oceans and climb mountains to be where we are today, but people who know me know I never complain. I know every challenge and every bit of pain are outcomes of my own decision. Plus, everyone in the company is facing their own problems. If I don’t set a clear direction as a leader, how would I be able to lead?
Over the years we have had many young people join us. Their youth and passion has injected much creativity into our work, and gave us the boldness we need to succeed. I always tell them—as young people, you need to know yourself, and know how to express that. It’s not just about making money, it’s about having a clear direction and plan in life.
I also say this often: if you have a dream to start a business, you should first acquire experience in the relevant field. It will turn out to be an invaluable asset for you.
If you have the opportunity for entrepreneurship at a young age, you’ll enjoy not just fame and wealth, but a more colourful and exciting life.
Dear readers, the journey to your dreams may be lonely. There won’t be many who understand or support you, but you must stay true and never doubt your conviction. I know how much effort it takes to achieve big dreams, and I can tell you it will be worth it.
May I leave you with some words of encouragement: don’t listen to the noise in the world. Choose to look at what’s constructive and beautiful, and use your life to impact others.