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INTRO This guy finally decided to crank it up a notch, again? + Intro (long)

Discussion in 'Forum Introductions (Who are you!?)' started by Mircea Toma, Mar 3, 2019.

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    Hello, from Romania!

    First I would love to start with saying that I love this forum and its active side and members. That's what I was seeking this time. A community of proactive entrepreneurs to aid my journey. Maybe I can make a few friends too, because, as you may know, entrepreneurship is kind of lonely :(.

    But enough with the sad stuff. I invite you to my short version of my entrepreneurship journey.

    When I was little I was never kind of a social guy but not an introvert either. I was just between extroverted and introverted. I wasn't really interested in entrepreneurship or never had any passion for selling, I was kind of silver spooned or spoiled too by my family, so I never had to struggle for anything.

    I was average at school, getting average grades, I was gaming hard (around 7 hours average) every day, and I was fat because I was sedentary.

    That behavior of me held until I was 17.

    When I was on a holiday with my friends that I had back then, I smoked some weed like every other teenager, and I was hit hard by a wave of anxiety. That was my first panic attack.

    From then I developed severe panic attacks that kept boggling my life. I couldn't even take public transportation, I was scared that I was dying.

    Went to the doctors, no health problem.

    THEN, I dove into personal development head on. I surrounded myself with self-development books and took action. Applied everything and I was trying to optimize my life. Every day I was feeling better and stronger with the proper and normal setbacks from time to time.

    At that time I realized that if I would work enclosed into an office, that would be the death of me and that would stop me to have the freedom I always craved for.

    Fast forward to now, 22 years old, I developed an even deeper passion and proactiveness for business and helping people. Had 3 businesses that generated me some money but after some time failed.

    I would love to learn from your stories, help and give value here and there where I see that I fit.

    I am sorry for the long post, I haven't revealed my life story to a mass audience like this, but, I trust this community so this made me open myself.

    TL;DR: I was struck by panic attacks that developed into a general anxiety disorder, I healed myself without taking medication, diving head-on into self-development and being proactive and positive.
    By that time I decided to live my life free of "The boss" or "The J.O.B". So I persevered and had 3 businesses that ultimately failed.
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't believe you mentioned having read either of MJ's books but that should be a top priority!

    Great to hear you are continuing to develop your mindset. Also focusing on how you can help others can guide you to your fourth business!
     
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    Thanks for mentioning @Sheens! I forgot that. I am currently reading TMF and am at half of the book.

    Cheers, and I am excited to help!
     
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    Welcome my friend, appreciate the intro. Hope the book is helpful.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Mircea. After you finish Millionaire Fastlane I also recommend UNSCRIPTED. The GOLD and NOTABLE threads here are fantastic. I'm still working my way through them. Looking forward to sharing your journey.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Glad to hear that you have pulled yourself out of your earlier sedentary lifestyle, I'm looking forward to hearing your hustle :)
     
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    Welcome Mircea, nice to have you aboard. So tell us more about your three previous businesses. Why do you think they failed and what did you learn from the experience?
     
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    I am grateful for all the people who replied. Thanks for all the support!

    I will study some gold and notable threads as you advised, as it will help me in my process!
     
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    I started my first e-commerce business 3 yrs ago. I was trying to sell t-shirts on the internet.t; that was what I was thinking that I was doing back then. I made a design, I put it on a t-shirt and then shared my t-shirt design on facebook groups. It was based on a dropshipping model.

    When I saw that no one wanted my design, I bailed out. It was too hard for me for that particular time. I had no perseverence, no ambition, no drive. And I surely lacked discipline, that was another problem for me. I couldn't stick with something to eventually make it happen.

    But I slowly built on that, based on my previous guitar experience: If you play guitar for the first time, your fingers will hurt like hell because you are not experienced with the tension the guitar strings put on your skin.
    After a few weeks it gets better and better, and eventually after 3 years of playing, you will not feel a thing.

    Second entrepreneurial journey was with a friend that I partnered up with to make a ecommerce store that will generate reve nue in minimum 3 months. Things went well, because he was motivated and driven and that made me become like that too.

    We generated revenue into the second month, using Instagram influencers. Gosh, I even remembered how happy I was when I made my first sale. Something clicked in me, it gave me confidence and a reason to continue.
    Sadly, I haven't realized that I was selling copyrighted stuff from AliExpress and that was bad enough so we stopped.

    Third business was an Instagram agency that I started with the same friend mentioned above. It went really well, everything was working well but I decided that I wanted to build my own agency with more services to offer and a higher price point.

    So here I am now.

    Sorry for the long post and my english!
     
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    So true, and it's a great analogy to tackling an unfamiliar challenge--like many things in entrepreneurship. Most people give up early, at the first sign of discomfort; those who persist improve and reap the rewards.
     
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    Yes, you build up callouses like you do experience. They both help with progressing from early failures to futures success. Thanks for the detailed write up.
     
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    I thank you too, as this thinking exercise made me see things a bit more clear!
    Thanks!
     
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    22 and 3 businesses already? Wish I had followed a similar path. I didn't wake up until my early 30s.

    You'll go far in life, welcome to the forum.
     
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    Yea, if I didn't have that rude awakening I wouldn't have had the same mentality. Maybe later in life but not now.
    I work on my other soft skills now like urgency and productivity.

    Thanks for the welcoming, @lowtek
    I am also really happy to see that all of you guys are active and helping the community so this really motivates me to contribute.
     
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