Today we had a very interesting guest lecture in our Media Management course, Sorosh Tavakoli from Videoplaza.
He talked of course about the online video industry and about videoplaza. But what I thought was most inspiring was when he described his way from a student to an entrepreneur and when he talked about how it was to run his own business. He described his journey as an entrepreneur in the following steps:
- Find the right team
- Get the first client
- Find founding
- Sales, sales, sales
I have thought about starting my own business for a long time and I think I will eventually. And I started to think about what I am passionate about, what do I love to do? According to Sorosh Tavakoli’s advice I should start to think about a problem, not what I like to do or what I can do…but to dream away for a while, what I love is theatre. So I searched for some inspiration from other people who share my passion and I came across this video at TED.com. It is Patsy Rodenburg describing why she does theatre. She might not describe the business part of theatre, rather the beauty of acting and why acting is important in our society.
Sorosh Tavakoli didn’t actually mention that you should love what you are doing, but you could really tell that he did! What do you think? Do you have to start your own business within a field you are passionate about? Or is it better to be more rational and find a problem, no matter what it is about and then move on from there? I think that when you have your own business, you must be very engaged in what you are doing and you must love what you do. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you work within a field you are passionate about. Being an entrepreneur is for me a lifestyle, not a job and I think it is important to really feel that your role as an entrepreneur and as a private person can merge to one. You will become your company and vice versa. Do you agree? How many would like to run their own business?