I’m a big believer in the phrase “anything can happen.”
The phrase has proven itself true throughout my life. It’m always confused when people don’t expect the unexpected. They simply stick to what they know and every resulting decision is nothing spectacular. I like to believe that the universe has magic in store for people who believe in their wildest, absurdist and seemingly impossible dreams.
After meeting at Michigan State University’s Hatch office, a place designed for creative thinking and start-up innovations, the thought of “anything can happen” sang throughout my head as I walked out of their doors. Because well it’s true, anything can happen.
Though my optimism and my innocence viewpoint on the world is one of my favorite characteristics about myself, it’s also the least WHAT
I have to remind myself from time to time, that yes, anything can happen, but you have to be proactive towards what you want to happen for that “anything” to take place. A person can’t sit around and wait for their dream to take place. No, you have to work for it even if that means you need to start at the bottom.
The process of doing a start-up is not an easy one. I had already thought I knew that, but then I read a couple sections of The PMARCA guide to startups. Part One is titled: Why not to do a startup. It didn’t cloud my thoughts with negative views, instead refreshed them. People like me who tend to dream big and have their heads up in the clouds, need to be brought back down to earth. And I’m a huge fan of when a piece of writing or a short video can do that for me.
Part one, made me think, “Hey if you end up doing a startup, it’s not going to be a piece of cake. In fact, it’s going to be more tedious than you think.” But that single part of a larger article gave me more encouragement than I expected. The best part about reaching a goal is all the work you put into reaching that goal. It makes the end result seem that much more satisfying.
Whether it’s a startup or any other goal you wish to accomplish, sometimes you need to be told “no” or “that won’t work” to encourage you more. It’s important to believe in the innocence and stay inspired.
Kayln Nicholson is a blogger and YouTuber that I’ve been following since my freshman year of high school. She is wildly successful and great at inspiring her readers and viewers. I highly recommend one of her more recent blog posts — “Things In Your Life You Can Control” — and I suggest that if you are looking for inspiration or a nudge back on the right track that you give it a read.
In Part 4 of the PMARCA guide talks about the right combinations of market and team. I thoroughly enjoyed how it emphasized how important the market is when creating a startup. This section taught me that it’s imperative to do research throughout the creation plan for your startup. Of course, anything can happen, but if you do your research first, you have a better hold on what that “anything” can be.
Do your research, be ready to work and stay inspired. By implementing those three actions, you are setting yourself up for success and the mystery of the “anything” in “anything can happen”.