You don't need the skills you think you need as an entrepreneur

November 10, 2023

What we start off thinking we need to know as an entrepreneur

After 20 years of building apps that went nowhere, I thought:

What do all these successful people have that I don’t have?

2.5 years later my app had taken off, and I was one of them.

Sure, I had acquired some skills over the years, but nothing crazy.

The skills you really need as an entrepreneur

Nothing you don’t have or can’t learn as you go.

  • My code was mediocre.

  • The UI was meh.

  • Most people would have said I knew nothing about sales.

  • Most people would have said I knew nothing about marketing.

What I did have was:

  • A lot of attempts under my belt, increasing my chances for luck to go my way

  • Determination

  • Willingness to figure sh*t out as I went along

  • Willingness to get out of my comfort zone

  • A sense of scarcity in income, as my freelance work was drying up due to me putting any spare time I had into my SaaS projects over trying to get more freelance clients. I also had two small kids at home.

Some people thought I was crazy, and wasting my time.

I loved that - it fueled me to prove them wrong. That certainly wasn’t my “why”, but I’ll channel whatever energy I can into driving me forward.

You have no excuse, except “I don’t want to”

This isn’t a path for everyone, but if you want it, you can get it, so don’t let a perceived lack of skills or time get in the way.

You’ll make the time if you want to, and you’ll acquire any necessary skills along the way.

It’s up to you, but anything you’re telling yourself about why you can’t do it is BS.

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