What was the best piece of ice that you receive that motivated you to become an entrepreneur?

by mynameisreeves. Posted on Sep 11, 2020    9    19


One of my closest friends made the comment that the 1 thing you can't get back is time period you can always get money as well as opportunities but you can't get time and the more time you dedicate to someone else is less time you dedicate to making your own dreams a reality


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pitter-pat

Fake ice.

I got this awesome chain with a 3in. medallion that is all covered in fake diamonds.

Now I strive to get a real chain to ice out my neck and my wrist is too hot and needs a glacier sized, iced out Rolex.

BoobyIsland

I worked at Walmart for 2 weeks.... Will never work for someone else again

klausbaudelaire1 1

Probably Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia.

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Really: Reading _The Alchemist_, _Zero to One_, and _Principles_ are the books that inspired me to start my business.

rorowhat 1

Good icebreaker

orbit99za 1

If you don't build your dreams.... Someone will hire you to build theirs.

Phoenixfire321 2

Dry ice.

ejpusa 2

A senior management guy, of a billion $$$ organization said he wanted to have a talk with all of us. It was serious. Like job on the line serious. Heads would roll. Scared the shit out of everyone.

One by one we went into the closed door meeting.

Senior guy:

Someone has been taking pencils. Do you know who it is? This is from the top. We just need a confession.

At that point I knew the corporate world was seriously deranged

My office mate sure had a lot of those Ticonderoga #2s in his pocket protector.

They fired him later on. Who knows? He was far smarter than anyone else there.

:-)

gerhorn 2

I joined AmeriCorps NCCC last year and a few weeks into it I remember thinking to myself “What the fuck am I doing here?” I knew I wanted to be my own boss as a copywriter but I’d just finished community college and what was more important to me was getting as far away from my hometown as possible.

Then later in the year, with my second team, we had an incredibly toxic dynamic. I questioned poor leadership daily.

That was the final straw.

xmarketladyx 8

That's a very disastrous and ignorant statement. Entrepreneurship is NOT about, "being your own boss, making those millions, and the glamour of the hustle". It's about learning, researching, and building. It's about all of the sacrifice, evolution of the plan, and working your ass off.

The best business people learned what to do, and what not to do by working for others. If you pay attention to shows about business be it Bar Rescue, any of those where they save restaurants, or The Profit; you'll notice many of the people failing have no experience in the business they're trying to run. With a 95% failure rate the first year as a small business, better to make those mistakes under someone else who can afford to absorb them.

  mynameisreeves

Great points and I completely agree with you. In my situation, I had been working for about 4 to 5 years for a company and was planning on doing something on my own so I was actually learning but I was reluctant to take the plunge until about 2 years later

SenorTeddy 5

"Don't be a slave to someone else". I spent 8 years working for myself before going to work other jobs. I ended up making less than minimum wage with the hours I put in.

Working a job today allows me to have the capital to pursue my business and my dreams. Having a reliable income stream is highly recommended.

frenkiguess 4

I call it Salesman Dopamine

The moment you sell something and get paid for the product or the service you provided, you get a dopamine rush that's impossible to replicate with anything else.

That's it you keep chasing that forever, Money, Superiority, the feeling that your product / service makes others happy / fixes their problems.

Sascot 8

You’re always going to be dedicating time to someone, whether it is a customer or an employer.
There’s a lot of value in working for an employer, the mistakes you make are in his dime, not yours.

These mistakes (and you are going to make them)’are valuable training for when you become an entrepreneur, don’t underestimate this value

SenorTeddy 1

+1. Focus on the next step in your career. Sometimes its a job, sometimes its your own business, sometimes its school, and so on.

AccidentalCEO82 5

Nothing wrong with working for someone else. I’d also discourage this kind of speak because when you get a staff and you make them feel like suckers for not doing their own thing it’s not going to go well. Some people are just better teammates than drivers of their own ship. I would say most are, actually.

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workaccountoftoday 2

just wait till you try trilliant ice

MaxPast 8

For me it was unwillingness to execute others' ideas.

It became especially obvious when I was a developer in a startup back into 2003. Its founder decided to make the product perfect before the release. So, we coded and coded all days long, making the product more and more complex but nobody actually used it. It was highly demotivating and I always tried to convince the founder that we should ship faster, but he constantly looked for perfection.

Now I understand the reason of delaying the release, by the way, and I made the same mistake when I was a founder of my own startups more than once. But this experience was the final point after which I never worked for somebody else.

If you are curios, the reason of delay was that we both hated marketing and sales and tried to postpone it as much as possible. So, if you find yourself in the same mood, beware!

gripto 18

My business mentor came over to my apartment. I asked if he wanted a drink, and so I made him a whiskey on the rocks.

When I handed his drink to him he noticed the big ice cubes in the drink. "You know this is too much water in the drink, right?" I asked him to explain, and it turns out that the regular size square ice cubes made by the standard size of ice cube tray is too large.

So he recommended that I buy a smaller silicon ice cube tray. Now when I fix myself a whiskey on the rocks the ice cubes are smaller, and the drink does taste better.

Plus, as an added benefit, it's way easier to remove the cubes from the silicon tray. No more little shards of ice that need picking up!

Now I move about 35k silicon ice cube trays on Amazon a year.