Hope is a good thing.
It's that one thing inside of us, that can never be touched.
Last October, I was going through a rough time in my startup life. Like most start-ups in early stage I was going through a devastating moment of realization that I had failed, again. I had just pivoted my initial startup(a male model agency) and in the process decided to take a course in garment construction. I had somewhat lost the passion in scouting for male models(Am a creative and I didn't know the business part of managing, leasing and endorsing models at first),although I still manage lots of talents till date - they are not all models.
I hoped that searching for and discovering a co-founder would solve some of my own problems. Every time I got close to working with a co-founder - I'd end up being their own co-founder working on their own startup. That oftentimes, is very distracting.
I started asking myself these questions :
Do I really need a co-founder?
Am I a Solopreneur?
What kind of team player am I?
What kind of team mate am I?
What kind of leader am I becoming?
All these questions triggered hope inside me.
I decided to yield to the dream within. I made a conscious decision to be myself everyday and every time.
In that moment, it all cliqued.
I looked at the past.
I have worked with a lot of people who have started a small business. In a decade, I have been on a lot of "happening startup teams" - from Abuja to Lagos to Benin City to Enugu to Onitsha to Togo to Accra to Dubai and back to Abuja.
Between the past and the present - I have been networking, connecting humans, collaborating on projects and creating enabling environments for future startup founders to identify opportunities.
A few days ago, I was at the print center with a friend and then I bumped into an old friend who introduced me as his first creative director. I didn't know what to say, but it said a lot about me.
I had hope when I became a model scout.
That hope kept me going.
Slowly and steadily I learned.
I embraced my hopes.
Every mistake taught me a new one. Every time I increased my faith level - it raised my hope.
Eventually - I began walking.
Speaking my hope every time.
Carving it into my personality.
Knitting it into my storyline.
Going the extra mile in accepting corrections. Doing that extra good work to prove I'm learning always.
Today I am still hoping....
I've gone through it all.
Hibernate. Sleep. Restart. Shutdown.
All of that has made me evolve into a new type of emerging act.
It's all in the process.
I hope this quick note meets you well.
I hope someday soon, all our efforts as startup founders will impact the world positively.
I hope imagination aids us in creating valuable businesses that can influence others into doing good works.
Hope is what ignites emotions.
Hope is everything.