Have you ever seen that movie where Michael J. Fox is a young college grad and he starts at the bottom of a large company in the mailroom then somehow tricks people into thinking he is successful and pretends to be someone else at the company, essentially faking it until he makes it? I want to do that, except I don't want to sleep with my Aunt like he did in the movie. I am however, starting from the bottom and faking it until I make it.
Let's just recap what I don't have so far: No education. No experience. No money. I essentially have no business starting a business - but that doesn't mean I shouldn't try. Plenty of people have been in the same spot that Keri and I are in right now. They started out in tremendous debt, with little to no knowledge of how to start their own businesses and somehow they were able to transform their lives. It's not that uncommon of a story.
The issues that I am having right now are perfectly treatable, let's talk about education. We, you and I, have access to the largest library the world has ever known and yet we waste this resource by watching videos of Kanye West "singing" Queen. No, the Internet can be used for so much more (not in this blog though...) I have found so many tremendous resources to get my brain working right here on the cat video machine. I have read articles, and essays and have even been able to find myself a business mentor through the SCORE program, which offers FREE counseling and mentoring for people looking to start or expand their own business.
I want to update you on how this whole 'start a business from scratch' thing is going, but sadly all I can say at the moment is that I am reading a lot and talking a lot. I have a pile of books that I am looking at right now (well, not really, they're behind me). Some of them have been really instrumental in the development of my biz-brain, others seem like complete gobbledygook.
I'm so terrified of doing this. It's one of the scariest things I have ever done - but that's a good thing. Whenever something good happened, somebody was sweaty and nervous. Nobody ever cured anything just sitting around. I keep telling myself that. I'm sure I'll have more to update you on when I see you next week. Oh yeah, I'm coming to Toledo. See you then.