Worcestershire Skills Show
Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having a good week, today I’m sharing my Worcestershire Skills show speech I shared with over 1500 students as there were a few people who asked me what I said or didn’t get a chance to hear it so here it is. This speech was all to do with my journey so far as an entrepreneur and three things I’ve learnt in the process.
Worcestershire Skills Show Speech 2018
“I’m James Vincent, I’m 24 years old and I’m lucky enough to run a digital marketing company called Hot Source Creative. But … there’s a lot more to entrepreneurial success than just being fortunate – although luck does play a part. I’m still very much at the beginning of my journey. I don’t claim to be an expert but I have already learned a few valuable points that you should find useful.
Firstly, entrepreneurship is a journey that never quite ends. It’s a quest to achieve something different and rewarding. Look at successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg and you’ll notice one thing that they all have in common. They all set out to achieve a goal and as soon as that goal was achieved they set themselves an even more ambitious one. None of them have ever said ‘I’ve achieved enough!” But … they have all said, “What can I achieve next?” Few, if any, successful entrepreneurs focus on the day that they will be finished working – they focus on today – on the now – and on what they can make happen every minute of the day. There is a difference between an entrepreneur and somebody who simply works for themselves.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but when I was doing work experience in Dubai I briefly met Joe Lewis – the head of the Tavistock Corporation. He had just got off his super yacht and was meeting some people about building a new luxury property development in the Emirates. Joe is a billionaire many times over. He was already 71 when I met him at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre – still innovating and still living the life of an entrepreneur. This is the first lesson that I’ve learned. Entrepreneurship is a ‘State of Mind’ and a ‘Way of Life’. It’s a journey where there is always one more destination to reach over the horizon and age isn’t a barrier.
You know … the world and society is changing faster than it ever has in the past. While there may be less certainty … there is a lot of opportunity. I don’t believe that you have to have 30 years of experience to recognise an opportunity. In 30 years from now there will new jobs we can’t even imagine and many of the jobs that people have trained for will simply not exist. I’ve always been fascinated by the way that the internet and digital communication works. It’s evolving faster than schools can teach it.
So how do become an Entrepreneur? I think that if entrepreneurship is in your soul then it finds you – or at least you know that something is missing and you set out to find what it is.
This was the second lesson that I’ve learned so far. If you see an opportunity do something about it. There was a great kids movie some years ago where the motto of the hero was ‘See a Need – Fill a Need’. Entrepreneurs are good at recognising what people need and having the courage and persistence to find a way to fill that need – sometimes even before the people themselves know that they need something. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and innovates – even invents – to make it real. An entrepreneur has a certain mind set, they think outside the box, they go the extra mile, they aren’t scared of failure. They see alternative routes that may be more risky but the reward is so much greater.
I’m not saying it’s easy or it’s safe and it rarely happens overnight. At first it was tough winning new business, I struggled a lot, which resulted in me feeling on the brink of failure before my vision had the chance to grow.
However, I was lucky enough to have a mentor I could speak to. I explained that I was doubting myself and he said: “Sure … you have the choice, to sit here and feel sorry for yourself about past failures but yesterday is gone and today is the day you can succeed if you make it so. Whatever you were doing do it better and believe that you will succeed.” So I did. I channelled that attitude into my company, found new ways of marketing, developed new techniques, worked out new formulas and bit by bit it started to work out.
One of the reasons that I want to think like an entrepreneur is that they always believe in this third lesson. First you may have to work for money but your goal should be to make money work for you. Successful entrepreneurs eventually find a way to make money work for them not the other way around.
So have I achieved all my goals? No, of course not … there will be good times and tough times. I also know that you only ever lose when you stop trying. I know that I’ve still got a load of stuff to learn and I look out every day for people who can guide me because they – like me – believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship. The truth is that my journey has just begun and so has yours.
So whatever path you take, whatever career you choose, do you absolute best. Develop a winning state of mind, see the opportunity before anyone else and have the courage to do something about it. We are the next generation … it’s time to show the world what we’ve got and what we can do.
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