Entrepreneurship: How Scrapbook Making got me Inspired
Last updated on July 30th, 2017 at 12:56 amCan a scrapbook be a useful tool in entrepreneurship? If this is your first time here, we welcome you to our blog series that offers a unique take on entrepreneurship training. Everything we have learned in our quest to be top entrepreneurs is shared free here. Notably, rookie entrepreneurs will find our bookmark-able entrepreneurship articles laden with useful links and resources. A startup kit that will unlock entrepreneurial opportunities.
In this series of entrepreneurship articles, we have already learned from the unlikely journeys of great entrepreneurs like Donald Trump. Whose forays into professional wrestling make for must-have reading.
Here, we continue with this tradition of sharpening our entrepreneurial skills by seeking inspiration from unlikely sources. This installment delves into the world of scrapbook making.
What is scrapbook making?Scrapbook making is an old-fashioned art form more at home with the fading hobby – stamp collection – than it is with 21st century reinterpretations: the likes of Snap Chat and Instagram.
In this article, we propose that it should be otherwise. We say so as we find value in digital scrapping software such as MyMemories Suite, Memory Mixer and Scrapbook Max. These online scrapbook makers are the tools by which to refashion the art of making a personalized scrapbook. How by making your own scrapbook, you can by your own terms define what’s an entrepreneur. We will share out personal story thus emboldening this message known by heart by any entrepreneur : Knowledge is power. The power to make decisions. Our journey will also reveal:
- How a custom scrapbook can help us find inspiration for becoming successful entrepreneurs.
- How with scrapbook making we can gather resources to develop our entrepreneurship skills.
Scrapbook making is about counting the steps in the manner that an ant remembers it’s way homeIn the tradition of this blog, of seeking business advice from unlikely sources, we head to the animal kingdom. The invertebrates phylum moving down to the ants. Here is what we can learn from the science of how ants find their way home. Quote from Science Direct
Research over the last two decades using the desert ant Cataglyphis has shown that its most important orientation tool is the so-called path integrator. Essentially, when the ant leaves its nest to go foraging, it counts the steps and keeps a record of how many steps it is away from home at any given time, like a pedometer. In addition, it also records changes in direction.
As an entrepreneur, like in life as in business, mistakes offer us the chance to pick valuable lessons. Moreover, no one enjoys the gutted feeling that comes with the realization, come to late, that your judgment had been right all along, but somehow someway, outside persuasion prevailed.
Joining the dots backwards. Forwards to?
As an entrepreneur, are you driven by fear or calculated risk? It depends. Indeed, come a situation, every soul out there holds an opinion. A world view educated by their life experiences and journey. Indeed, at certain times, we get it all wrong. But as the departed iConic Steve Jobs advised that Stamford class in that famous 2005 speech:
And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
It is such conviction, such belief that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit any investor could do with. We dare say that scrapbook making begets such clarity. Clarity as an entrepreneur comes from finding answers to the following questions:
- How does one get instinctively savvy?
- Can one slash the odds so that your money work for them?
- How to get to that zen level where you offer the entrepreneurial leadership required to visualize and actualize dreams?
These are the questions that scrapbook making done the entrepreneurial way, can answers. Before I share my experience and detail the value of scrapbook making in my journey as an entrepreneur; we first have to understand the mindset needed.
The mind of hustlerAs a small business owner – like any other – my ambition does not allow me to be content with the small business tag. My dreams are of a professionally run sustainable outfit serving the community I live in. An organization that is in touch with the reality of the times and offering solutions to 21st Century quagmires. An enterprise ruled by a capitalistic north averse to the mentality and tradition that inspired the Occupy Wall street protests.
In my attempt at building such an organization, I have called upon my life experiences. Like the ant, I needed a way to count the steps to and from home. Home is my vision, mission and objectives as an entrepreneur. Given the evolving nature of these entrepreneurial constructs of home, simple note taking or journal keeping couldn’t suffice.
I needed to have a canvas where I could paint. Dream and paint some more.
My Journey so far in entrepreneurship: How I discovered the powers of Scrapbook makingWith office glue, a good pair of scissors and a notebook, one could chart out a map of their lives. With this simpleton scrapbook kit, the relationships in our lives or other significant happenings are recorded. To let a girl know that you liked her, you’d make a mix tape or a scrapbook of poems, love heart-shaped cuttings and Kodak photos of time spent together.
Unlike today’s social media interactions, with scrapbook making, sentimentality and engagement was the name of the game. It was a private affair. More private than a DM. That valuable resource – time – was wasn’t ever spent on mundanities like food photos or duck face selfies.
I am yet to pinpoint the exact inspiration behind my rediscovery of scrapbook making. It just occurred to me and I couldn’t resist the allure of the satisfaction of being the solo architect behind unraveling work. Could be the acceptable detachment of scrapbook making, that allows one to be alone with their thoughts, dreams and hopes.
Tapping into that intense engagement with the self, in the sea of personal space, there is an abundance of inspiration to retool your entrepreneurial exploits over and again.
Scrapbooks helped save me from going down under the psychological burden of entrepreneurshipI had hit a dead-end in my entrepreneurship pursuits. A business partnership had gone awry. And I had lost it all. There I was almost penniless, burdened by today, but yearning to recapture the feeling of the good old times. Rent was a few days away yet all I wanted was to be in pursuit of that feeling of the “one who got away”.
Couldn’t find inspiration within myself . I would pick up the newspaper- in 2010 Africa,the internet wasn’t as accessible – find business stories that I knew had value even if they weren’t resonating then. I would then cut them out and stick them on an old note-book that I had bought for less than $ 10 cents. Needless to say, to-date, dog-eared and all, it remains my most valuable business asset.
Many years later, thanks to the sentimentality, this is something that I still do. What am saying is: This scrapbook making and entrepreneurship thing, I prefer to keep it old school. The most I’d do digitally is bookmarking or adding to pocket any sound entrepreneurship advice I come across on the internet.
These scrapbook ideas serve me well on those days/weeks I can’t get going. Those many years back, my redefinition of scrapbook making as an entrepreneurial tool helped re-orientate myself. Even, as I have come to realize, that I did some pretty descent market research just cutting and sticking newspaper cuttings on a book. Besides, needless to say, it’s been like a love rekindled. On to the next one.
What kind of Scrapbooks can an Entrepreneur have?First off, by all means keep a scrapbook of your personal life. When you make, this scrapbook will offer invaluable insights into your journey. This holds because when starting out, before venture capitalists, good corporate governance etc.,the startup is the entrepreneur.
Someone once said: “Happiness brings about success not the other way around” or something close to that. With making a scrapbook, the griping fun in entrepreneurship is taken to a new level. From such humble beginnings, of cutting stories of interest in my local business only daily and pasting them onto my scrapbook. I now boast of a trove of several volumes of business oriented scrapbooks.
Just to mention a few, I’ve got scrapbooks on: Business models, stocks, green energy, farming and health care enterprise. Each scrapbook is a collage of know-how from different sources. Later, when these dots are joined, they transition into holistic insights that turn ideas into currency. If am right, scrapbook making turns freely available information into deep knowledge. It creates a record which then allows the budding entrepreneur to exploit this monopolized knowledge.
I carry my entrepreneurial scrapbooks along my travels. In crazy Nairobi traffic, they provide a worthy alternative to people watching. In those boring meetings, my entrepreneur scrapbooks offer props for small talk. As any entrepreneur knows, small talk is the tonic that in due time, grows your entrepreneur network.
It is from this network that one gets business. Therefore, the wider and deeper it nests, the higher your chances of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Like and Save away on twitter & Facebook
With time, I have come to realize the possibilities that 21st Century technology. Just be creating the right connections on the various social media platforms, a trove of information relevant to your entrepreneurial interests is at your fingertips.
What has been the result of clicking on selected subscribe/ like/ follow buttons? I now live, eat and sleep my dreams. I am just trying my best to hit that level of focus that Steve Jobs demanded of that Stamford class.
My parting shot is to urge you to try out scrapbook making for entrepreneurship. I have found it to be beyond just being on top of the progress curve in your industry of interest. Scrapbook making is about creating constructive passion. It is about organizing and making use of information key to your entrepreneurial success. It is about having the power to first visualize, then actualize. The two key events in any entrepreneurial endeavor.