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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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  • 1. The story of how I was Wrong
  • 2. And how we all have it in us to go it alone!
  • 3. Not all that long ago I went to a business school
  • 4. I knew that after college what I really wanted was…
  • 5. Piles of cash
  • 6. Fancy stuff
  • 7. And…
  • 8. Fame
  • 9. To be fair I had probably just watched too much of:
  • 10. This…
  • 11. & This
  • 12. In any case… I was going to be a “hot shot”
  • 13. But…
  • 14. When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
  • 15. When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
  • 16. In fact it was dawning on me that my desire for the
  • 17. Piles of cash
  • 18. Fancy stuff
  • 19. And…
  • 20. The Fame Fame
  • 21. Was a little misguided…
  • 22. I started to realise I actually had NO IDEA what I wanted to do after college
  • 23. The one thing I really did enjoy
  • 24. Was making presentations
  • 25. And… I was good at them
  • 26. And… I was good at them
  • 27. I ate, slept and drank all things presentation
  • 28. Books by the like of
  • 29. Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
  • 30. Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
  • 31. Inspired me
  • 32. And books on data viz by
  • 33. Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
  • 34. Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
  • 35. Changed the way I looked at presenting information
  • 36. But…
  • 37. I knew that I couldn’t make a living out of presentations alone
  • 38. I wasn’t made for self-employment
  • 39. That was for crazy “Entrepreneurs”
  • 40. A rare breed of person we were often told of…
  • 41. People like: Jobs
  • 42. People like: Branson
  • 43. People like: Zuckerberg
  • 44. These “Entrepreneurs” did things like
  • 45. Climb mountains
  • 46. Take over the world
  • 47. Retain infinite levels of confidence
  • 48. And miscellaneous other things I knew I couldn’t do!
  • 49. So… I continued on, a little puzzled…
  • 50. So… I continued on, a little puzzled…
  • 51. Graduation day came And went
  • 52. Graduation day came And went
  • 53. And I was no closer to finding out what I wanted to do
  • 54. Things looked bleak
  • 55. So, one weekend it dawned on me
  • 56. With nothing to lose I may as well give it a shot
  • 57. I had a think about how I could use my skills to make my own Job
  • 58. I sketched out a few ideas, and started making plans
  • 59. And I spent that weekend working like mad to Make. It. Happen!
  • 60. By the end of the weekend it was done, the site was up and the business cards were on the way
  • 61. I set up twitter and started to talk to the world
  • 62. I will admit, things started out slow
  • 63. But now, I am happy to say they are up and running and going nicely
  • 64. What's more I love it
  • 65. What's more I LOVE it
  • 66. I have worked with a great variety of clients Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • 67. On projects I have loved Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • 68. But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • 69. But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Happy Mr. Happy Ms. Happy
  • 70. When I look back at the aspirations the old me had, I cringe a little…
  • 71. I have replaced them with better things now…
  • 72. An appreciation for control over how I spend my time
  • 73. A desire for Balance
  • 74. And instead of fancy stuff, I’m happy with the simple stuff
  • 75. A better set of goals some might say
  • 76. And…
  • 77. The one thing I have learnt is that
  • 78. I was Wrong
  • 79. Starting a business is not impossible… and…
  • 80. If I can do it
  • 81. So can You
  • 82. You CAN do it
  • 83. So… go do it
  • 84. Now!
  • 85. You can find me at: www.clearpreso.com www.twitter.com/clearpreso Don’t forget to Vote!