I'm no stranger to failure. My entrepreneurial journey began when I broke away from my classical music roots a few years ago to found Peawit Press and showcase my illustrations and designs, starting with the self-publication of The Hapless Rehearsal. At the time, I was so focused on creating my product line that I didn't really think about the practicalities that would enable me to continue this business.
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Peawit Press may not have had a promising beginning, but it sparked a surprising career change. Now, several years later, I am more determined than ever to reboot this business and make it a success.
I’m still not entirely sure why, but (back in 2011) I was determined to build my original Peawit Press website from scratch. I am, after all, a Taurus. So, armed with lynda.com and the generous help of my only developer friend at the time, my first website took shape. Another year passed and I found myself taking an intensive 12-week software development course. A month after that I had a full-time job as a frontend developer at a large e-commerce site, where I spent 15 months working all hours, even weekends, before making my escape. It was brutal, but I learned a lot and am glad to have had a glimpse at corporate life in a high-pressured line of work.
I am now convinced that entrepreneurship is a solid recipe for happiness and self-fulfilment. Despite all the challenges that come with it, being your own boss and building something for yourself, working towards something you really believe in, is worth all the risks of creating your own business. I passionately believe that you can do what you want to do with your life and, with a dogged determination, build a career from your passions. I want to prove (to myself and all of you out in cyberspace) that it's possible to start from nothing and build a successful career doing what you love. If you have to make compromises, let it not be to suppress your passions and be resigned to a life you have let happen.