the story of how i was wrong!

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I always thought starting your own business was impossible... would economic circumstances force me to prove I was wrong about that?

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  • The story of how I was Wrong
  • And how we all have it in us to go it alone!
  • Not all that long ago I went to a business school
  • I knew that after college what I really wanted was
  • Piles of cash
  • Fancy stuff
  • And
  • Fame
  • To be fair I had probably just watched too much of:
  • This
  • & This
  • In any case I was going to be a hot shot
  • But
  • When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
  • When I actually went to the classes, I ended up disliking most of them
  • In fact it was dawning on me that my desire for the
  • Piles of cash
  • Fancy stuff
  • And
  • The Fame Fame
  • Was a little misguided
  • I started to realise I actually had NO IDEA what I wanted to do after college
  • The one thing I really did enjoy
  • Was making presentations
  • And I was good at them
  • And I was good at them
  • I ate, slept and drank all things presentation
  • Books by the like of
  • Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
  • Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte
  • Inspired me
  • And books on data viz by
  • Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
  • Stephen Kossyln and Edward Tufte
  • Changed the way I looked at presenting information
  • But
  • I knew that I couldnt make a living out of presentations alone
  • I wasnt made for self-employment
  • That was for crazy Entrepreneurs
  • A rare breed of person we were often told of
  • People like: Jobs
  • People like: Branson
  • People like: Zuckerberg
  • These Entrepreneurs did things like
  • Climb mountains
  • Take over the world
  • Retain infinite levels of confidence
  • And miscellaneous other things I knew I couldnt do!
  • So I continued on, a little puzzled
  • So I continued on, a little puzzled
  • Graduation day came And went
  • Graduation day came And went
  • And I was no closer to finding out what I wanted to do
  • Things looked bleak
  • So, one weekend it dawned on me
  • With nothing to lose I may as well give it a shot
  • I had a think about how I could use my skills to make my own Job
  • I sketched out a few ideas, and started making plans
  • And I spent that weekend working like mad to Make. It. Happen!
  • By the end of the weekend it was done, the site was up and the business cards were on the way
  • I set up twitter and started to talk to the world
  • I will admit, things started out slow
  • But now, I am happy to say they are up and running and going nicely
  • What's more I love it
  • What's more I LOVE it
  • I have worked with a great variety of clients Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • On projects I have loved Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Unsure Mr. Big Biz Ms. Clear
  • But in the end it is my job to make sure they are Mr. Happy Mr. Happy Ms. Happy
  • When I look back at the aspirations the old me had, I cringe a little
  • I have replaced them with better things now
  • An appreciation for control over how I spend my time
  • A desire for Balance
  • And instead of fancy stuff, Im happy with the simple stuff
  • A better set of goals some might say
  • And
  • The one thing I have learnt is that
  • I was Wrong
  • Starting a business is not impossible and
  • If I can do it
  • So can You
  • You CAN do it
  • So go do it
  • Now!
  • You can find me at: www.clearpreso.com www.twitter.com/clearpreso Dont forget to Vote!