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I always thought starting your own business was impossible... would economic circumstances force me to prove I was wrong about that?

I always thought starting your own business was impossible... would economic circumstances force me to prove I was wrong about that?

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    The story of how I was wrong! The story of how I was wrong! Presentation Transcript

    • The story of how I was Wrong
    • And how we all have it in us to go it alone!
    • Not all that long ago I went to a business school
    • I knew that after college what I really wanted was…
    • Piles of cash
    • Fancy stuff
    • And…
    • Fame
    • To be fair I had probably just watched too much of:
    • This…
    • & This
    • In any case… I was going to be a “hot shot”
    • But…
    • When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
    • When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
    • In fact it was dawning on me that my desire for the
    • Piles of cash
    • Fancy stuff
    • And…
    • The Fame Fame
    • Was a little misguided…
    • I started to realise I actually had NO IDEA what I wanted to do after college
    • The one thing I really did enjoy
    • Was making presentations
    • And… I was good at them
    • And… I was good at them
    • I ate, slept and drank all things presentation
    • Books by the like of
    • Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
    • Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
    • Inspired me
    • And books on data viz by
    • Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
    • Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
    • Changed the way I looked at presenting information
    • But…
    • I knew that I couldn’t make a living out of presentations alone
    • I wasn’t made for self-employment
    • That was for crazy “Entrepreneurs”
    • A rare breed of person we were often told of…
    • People like: Jobs
    • People like: Branson
    • People like: Zuckerberg
    • These “Entrepreneurs” did things like
    • Climb mountains
    • Take over the world
    • Retain infinite levels of confidence
    • And miscellaneous other things I knew I couldn’t do!
    • So… I continued on, a little puzzled…
    • So… I continued on, a little puzzled…
    • Graduation day came And went
    • Graduation day came And went
    • And I was no closer to finding out what I wanted to do
    • Things looked bleak
    • So, one weekend it dawned on me
    • With nothing to lose I may as well give it a shot
    • I had a think about how I could use my skills to make my own Job
    • I sketched out a few ideas, and started making plans
    • And I spent that weekend working like mad to Make. It. Happen!
    • By the end of the weekend it was done, the site was up and the business cards were on the way
    • I set up twitter and started to talk to the world
    • I will admit, things started out slow
    • But now, I am happy to say they are up and running and going nicely
    • What's more I love it
    • What's more I LOVE it
    • I have worked with a great variety of clients Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
    • On projects I have loved Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
    • But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
    • But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Happy Mr. Happy Ms. Happy
    • When I look back at the aspirations the old me had, I cringe a little…
    • I have replaced them with better things now…
    • An appreciation for control over how I spend my time
    • A desire for Balance
    • And instead of fancy stuff, I’m happy with the simple stuff
    • A better set of goals some might say
    • And…
    • The one thing I have learnt is that
    • I was Wrong
    • Starting a business is not impossible… and…
    • If I can do it
    • So can You
    • You CAN do it
    • So… go do it
    • Now!
    • You can find me at: www.clearpreso.com www.twitter.com/clearpreso Don’t forget to Vote!