Imagine a group of young students creating a program that helps connect people who are interested in creating or joining a startup. The plan was to gather and connect people who share the same passion and ambitions towards startups as we do. The participants would form new teams and start to develop their idea to startup with help from our coaches and workshops. TeamUp, as we decided to name it, would be the program giving the tools and knowledge so that the next Rovio or Supercell could born.
When I first heard the idea, I felt eager and excited. This idea was just what the startup community needed. But also among these feelings I felt fear and doubt. I could hear a voice inside my head is whispering. “Do you really have the skills and knowledge to do this?”
We all fear and doubt ourselves too often. We all hear the little voice whispering inside our heads. And we all have choice to let our fears hammer us down or to face them. I think entrepreneurship is all about this choice. The choice to meet our fears and doubts in quest to create something new and beautiful.
Think about it. So often we limit our choices to the ones we are familiar with. The ones we feel safe. But ask yourself: How many of your life’s best moments and outcomes are caused by you moving out of your comfort zone and stepping to the wilderness filled with possibilities, misfortune and success. For example it might be scary to ask someone out or to start your own startup. Surely they might say no and the startup can fail miserably. But I think these moments of failure are easily overshadowed by the joy of successful outcome. During TeamUp I had the pleasure of feeling this joy once again.
TeamUp’s first event was a huge success. All of my fears and doubts were unfounded. More than 30 new startup teams were formed in just three days. In an event created by bunch of students and me. People praised the program. And to think I would have missed all of this if I had listened the little voice in my head repeating my doubts.
I would like to say thank you to the Espoo Innovation Garden and our other sponsors. For they put aside their doubts and fears and joined in our journey to wilderness.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
Juuso Virkajärvi, 20 year old first year student at Aalto University School of Business and proud member of Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.