My Month of Motivation (As I can't use "Monday Motivation" as a title on a Sunday)
Posted on February 28, 2016 by Feyi Ogunyeye
So I entered the month of February 2016 filled with a lot of questions. How will I fare pitching my own business idea to a room full of people in the final of a business competition (especially when i’m still just a young student entrepreneur competing against a set of more experienced business people)? How am I going to find/reach enough people in order to have a successful Crowdfunder campaign come April/May time? Will people in the UK be willing to support the idea for a household solar charger when we’ve been struggling for sunlight this past month? Will people give any merit to me as an Entrepreneur trying to promote a product that tries to change the way that we use/access power, when a lot people believe there’s nothing wrong with the way we currently do so anyways?
All of these questions and more began to flood my mind as this month began, which wasn’t helped by the fact that, due to the fact that we have been struggling for sunlight recently, and I am not fortunate enough to have the room in my student house which faces the sun, I did have to resort to using the mains to charge my phone for part of the month rather than being able to completely rely on the use of my SolarDock prototype.
Now if you’re still reading this blog post by this point, you’re probably wondering “why is this titled a month of motivation? All of the stuff i’m reading sounds pretty damn depressing…” that’s because, like someone who stopped watching the film “The Usual Suspects” without waiting for the conclusion (my almost nerdy level of film knowledge coming through here), you haven’t seen the best part yet.
So anyways I went to my first Student Enterprise Conference in London with a lot of these questions, and firstly i’m gonna say thank goodness I did as it was exactly what I needed. Attending that conference and listening to some of the workshops and guest talks on offer helped to remind me that a lot of being an entrepreneur is about going out and working on an idea that you’re passionate about, regardless of the amount of questions that arise and setbacks you face. However there was 1 workshop in particular (Called the ABC of getting media as a Start-Up), which not only helped give me some belief that there are in fact many people out there that would support my idea and product enough to successfully Crowdfund my business around it, but also introduced me to a man who epitomises the passion of an entrepreneur talking about and doing something that they love, and that man is Tetteh Kofi.
Listening to a guy like Tetteh, who from the sound of his voice you could tell was someone that really knew what they were talking about, and then afterwards getting to talk with him about my idea and the next steps I should take in regards to promoting it, was extremely valuable. To be honest at the time, I was surprised to see someone so happy to hear about my idea for a household smartphone solar charger, despite the fact that it was raining cats and dogs outside. However I left that particular workshop feeling uplifted to say the least, and especially motivated to keep going in order to make sure my product is the best it can be, before it is launched to the general public in a few months time.
Finally bringing my month of motivation to a close was 2 separate events, which together I feel gave me a lot of reasons to keep believing in myself as an entrepreneur and individual, in addition to giving me reasons to continue to try and always improve myself in both of those areas. First of all I got elected as Vice-president of my University Enterprise Society (Igniting Enterprise), and secondly I got to talk with, and listen to firsthand, one of my favourite candidates of 2015’s series of “The Apprentice”, Brett Butler Smythe talk about his own business beliefs/philosophies.
Hopefully going forward from this month I will be able to live up to my role as Vice President of Igniting Enterprise, as it was this society that played a great role in helping me to get to the stage I am now with my idea, so it’s important to me that to make sure i’ll be able to do the same for many of the entrepreneurially minded students next year, with the help of the rest of the committee.
All in all, whilst not everything has worked out for me the way that I hoped they would during this month, the opportunities and events that I have been fortunate enough to take advantage of, have helped me to answer a lot of the questions I had going into February , in addition to leading me towards getting to meet and gain the support of a successful and “honourable” businessman with my business idea (and getting a follow from him on Twitter as well :D ), which at the very least means I definitely can class this month as being a successful one for me going forward.