Want vs Get. When conceptualising or consulting on experiences, I’d advise caution against following to a tee, the results of user interviews and focus group sessions. Every one wants to go to space but 99.9% will settle with just flying.
It’s insane to work two jobs and have full-time training. You’re an inspiration.
When I had set out to launch Purpose, being an inspiration was the last on my mind. Instead what occupied it was the desire to create cycling jerseys that were great to wear, yet does not cost a bomb on the pocket. “These are cycling jerseys, why would I pay 300 dollars to wear something I’d sweat in” I remember often saying.
Did I take on too much? Did I have too lofty of a goal? What’s there to lose, right?
Actually. Quite a lot. For most of the time since Purpose started, I had pumped my own money into Purpose. Developing the original kits. These got copied. And I had to spend months spend after that looking for better, more reputable manufacturer.
2018 is going to be a big season. Not just for myself but also for Purpose.
Beyond just taking part in races for personal goals (I’ve signed up for 3 major ones so far), these are also the platforms for Purpose–regionally, and beyond. To me, events like these are the best times to know and get closest to actual users. Better than startup conferences or trend reports ever will be.
Going into race weekend things got hectic. There was much to do, things yet to be prepared, and equipment to be tweaked. There was also the added pressure to do well – not just for myself to complete, but also for Purpose to perform and be noticed.
Nothing makes an effort sweeter than getting things done successfully. When we do things, do we do it merely for the sake of doing it (completing) or do we do it in order to improve ourselves (compete)?
It is worthy to make a note to ourselves that every effort is an opportunity to learn and get better. Every action we do must be able to reverb back us knowing that we’ve improved.
The best analogy for this is in sports. Most times the trainings are repetitive, and the drills a chore. Yet after that hour or two of effort, the endorphins kick in and we see the rewards immediately. We feel great!
So what is it that you would like to do? Are you in it just because it’s a job, or are you in it because it makes a difference?
As I’m sitting here over breakfast relishing some down time, with the second stage of the Purpose launch just around the corner; I am overcome with feelings of gratitude. Gratitude over how far I’ve come and how much farther this journey will be.
Gratitude about life, the things I’ve done, the people met and life-long friends I’ve made. And I can say life-long because it is. At 47, nearing 50, I can say all friends made really indeed have been for life.
Gratitude about my mum, my family. Coming from nothing, leaving with something – the strong bond of love we have for each other. Non-judgemental in each and every of our ways and happy with the way we all are.
Gratitude about Purpose. How far it’s come and all the support it’s getting. Gratitude especially about the friends who’ve become investors. Who firmly believes in this crazy idea. The ones who said “ok, I will invest”. These words are doubly special. These words put meaning to effort. Words that to a new starting entrepreneur like me, not only mean support but also a showing of faith—in the idea as well as in my ability to bring this idea to life.
Gratitude about the people who have shown support. Gratitude for those who have wished me well, and even more for this who actually did buy the products. These little things add up. Every penny counts and when friends buy at full price, rather than ask for a discount or for free, these become a display of their faith in me and this thing called Purpose. I agree no one owes nobody else anything, especially not me. If the idea and the products are good it will sell. Thus even more so when friends buy them, that gratitude becomes more special.
Gratitude lastly, especially in the past several weeks, to friends who have gone out of their way to help to make these Purpose events a success. Friends who just stepped up to volunteer time and effort to help make Purpose become something greater than I alone is capable of. Friends that sees the same vision and firmly believes that Purpose will happen. These are friends who’ve become volunteers who’ve become believers who’ve become co-creators.
Gratitude for everyone, and everything that has contributed towards this point. Thank you.
P.S. In writing this, I had not put names down. Firstly because the list truly is never ending and I do not want to forget any. And second more importantly, it’s just for everyone’s privacy reason in this day and age of social media.