The future starts now
Looking back on my entrepreneurial journey this past month, and more specifically the day that I gave my first major business conference talk on the 9th of June. I realised that the way I felt the morning before my Future Sync talk, could so easily be likened to a verse of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem (His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy...).
In all honesty, June 2017 by far has been one of the biggest, most humbling, and most nervously exciting months that I have progressed through with BrighThinking as an entrepreneur.
As a matter of fact, nervous excitement is the best way to describe my emotions during this past month. Which overall included me spending week one waiting to see if the SolarDock and I had been nominated for the Shell Livewire Smarter Futures award. Preparing and giving my first major business conference talk at Future Sync 2017 in week two. Working hard to campaign for votes for the Livewire award in weeks three and four, before finding out that I hadn't won the competition this past week.
Now if at this stage you do happen to feel a bit of disappointment or sadness for me in not winning the Shell award (this time), then I just wanted to say you don't have to, because I don't. As an aspiring inventor and entrepreneur, "failure" is a term I hear a lot from other people, but not one that I would associate with what i'm doing, even if I don't always achieve what I hope to, when I initially hope to.
I won't lie to you or myself and say that when I got the call to say that BrighThinking didn't win the Livewire award, for a couple hours following I didn't feel disappointed in the slightest. You're supposed to feel emotion to things that you invest in and care about. However one thing I didn't do was dwell on that emotion for too long, and let it make me feel like I had failed after that.
The reason for this is because, as was listed in the earlier paragraphs of this post, if I was to count up the things that I had achieved in this recent month and a half, and compare it to the things I hadn't achieved that I tried to, I still leave on a positive.
See and that's the thing about the way I take being an entrepreneur, inventor, or whatever other people look to call me in the future. The key to keeping going and becoming successful for me, is to keep creating and thinking about more positives than negatives, whilst working out what needs to be done to keep creating these positives in the future.
The past month brought a lot of good things for me to take going forward (from successfully talking and exhibiting at a conference, to getting nominated for an award in the first place). However as long as i'm sure I can keep creating more positives for BrighThinking and my inventions in the future (which I can), then the future will always be what i'm the most excited for.
Because regardless of how other people take things, the future is where progress is made, goals will keep being made and achieved, and where I want to keep my mindset and best work.
And the future starts now.