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