Learning to ride with no stabilisers
So 1 week ago today I handed in my last undergraduate University assignment! I'm now officially free from the chains of the education system (albeit replacing those with the heavier chains of student debt and adult responsibility).
Now don't get me wrong, I am excited, relieved and thankful for the position that I find myself in, a position where I can soon change my employment status from "student" to "self-employed" (at a time when too many people my age have to change theirs into unemployed). However, all of these feelings can sometimes get mixed within a package of nerves and uncertainty, as I venture away from the relative safety that University has provided me in developing myself and my business these past 3 years.
When recognising the larger number of risks and stumbles that face me as an entrepreneur as I move away from University into the real world, trying to promote and grow a sustainable business, at a time where not everyone buys into that mindset. I couldn't help but think back and see the correlation between my situation now, and me as a 4 year old kid, learning to ride a bike with my Mum for the first time.
Similar to my situation now, as a 4 year old I had also grown accustomed to having "stabilisers" in my life, which would stop me from falling as I went through the motions of gaining enough strength and momentum to start cycling around my family's apartment in America. Fortunately, looking back to those simpler times, I recognise that whilst initially the support that I got from those stabilisers and my Mum had it's place, a resistance to removing those supports after too long would've prevented me from achieving greater things.
Now that I am preparing myself towards learning how I can make a positive impact on the world through sustainability in business after University. I feel like it's important for me now more than ever, to take my future falls with as much grace as I can with my successes, in addition to understanding the benefits of removing my stabilisers at the right time.
All I will say is that I am now nervously looking forward to learning how to grow, during my journey as an entrepreneur with no stabilisers. Starting with the opportunity that i've been given, to present my story at the Future Sync business conference, on the 9th of June and beyond.