The Entrepreneurial Spirit, Part One.

They say that true courage is about facing your fears. People who are brave aren’t fearless, they’re scared, but they have the strength to fight against that. Entrepreneurship is quite similar. This entire internship, we’ve been talking about what makes an entrepreneur: the appropriate characteristics and the right mindset. Some might say that if you don’t have those certain traits, then maybe you weren’t cut out to be an entrepreneur.

Sometimes, I don’t feel like an entrepreneur. I’m not super charismatic, nor am I overtly aggressive. I don’t go out of my way to find questions to ask, I usually find myself sitting silently, soaking up information and dwelling upon what people have said. As the other interns can attest to, I’m not very vocal during speaker presentations, I don’t think I’ve ever asked a single question. Admittedly, it is quite disgruntling to see others fire off insightful questions while all I do is marinate in the plethora of conversation.

“Whether you’re working on your own startup, or making a big impact on the startup that you’re interning at…”

~One of the speakers

Uhm. Yikes. No pressure, right?

I’ve worked with two departments at Bizo so far and I’m making my way to the third. I spend two weeks with each and the most I can do is assist with small side projects. My time with engineering was quite an eye-opener. I learned that there were many sides to web applications: client-side and server-side and it made me all the more interested in exploring more of how each side functioned. By working on that web app, I was introduced to the all sorts of useful plugins and libraries that could come in handy. But, back to the question of how big of a footprint I left on the engineering department: I can proudly report that I had hardly left a dent. I was developing–no, in fact–just translating existing code in an attempt to make things run faster.

Though, efficiency is important isn’t it? If I managed to succeed in making things  faster with prettier code, would that be a great achievement?

It would, only if I succeeded. I didn’t. So much for impact, huh? So here I am. An ineffective entrepreneur. A real bummer, right?

WRONG.

I may not have all the characteristics of an entrepreneur. I don’t have all the superior programming skills of a technical founder nor the snazzy tongue of the business founder, but there’s one thing that I do have: the spirit of an entrepreneur.

I took the lessons I learned, the little skills I developed, and the advice I received from Bizo engineering and applied that to my own interests. As a designer and a developer, I refused to use a CMS (like WordPress or Behance) to display my content on the web. After all, I was interested in web design, and what better way to learn than to design my own website? I applied all the knowledge I gathered from web application development into making a web portfolio and throughout that journey, unlocked another skill that had always been far from my reach until now. I took advantage of that achievement and promoted on my Facebook page for freelance design, broadcasting my new website and reminding my followers that I offered web design services. Call it a stroke of luck, or whatever you may, but shortly after, I got an inquiry about my services from a business manager of a home health care service run by doctors who wanted a website designed and developed. Even though I wasn’t able to help the engineering team out with much, my experience with Bizo engineering opened so many doors for me and gave me that push to explore things that I hadn’t intended on learning or didn’t know existed.

And for that, I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of people.

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