We survived the dreaded end of the world yesterday and we’re trying to gain our stamina back for a new term in MACE. It’s been tough, it will probably get tougher next year, but we’ll make it. I’ll end my year with these words of young wisdom (I’m only 22, what could I know?). I’ll be short, promise.
Whenever it is tough, it means you’re going somewhere. In my first year at uni we received a speech from a popular Danish motivational coach, Rasmus Ankersen. He gave me one of the guiding principles in my life: if you want to be better and make progress, get out of your comfort zone. Now that is the idea I’ve feared the most ever since I was little, I used to cry when my parents left me with my grandparents for the summer and then cry when they took me away. Yet, in my moving from country to country to find my place, I have been proven that it is right. Getting out of your comfort zone – be it moving to a new country, speaking in class when you are always silent, asking for jobs, asking the boy you like if he wants to be with you or not – will always get you somewhere. The most it can bring you is success, the least, a lesson learned. Anyway, you won’t lose.
So take this thought into the new year and may you get somewhere with it, no matter how little you think your success is.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Sills
In an earlier post I was commenting on the challenges of start-up challenges and mentioned that during my MA in Creative Economy I have started a business with 4 other people. We’re called 42 and I want to share with the story of our product: Tabli.
Once upon a rainy day, we empathised with mothers who apart from their own work have to keep the house clean, the children tidy and the dinner cooking, becoming supermums. So we 42, as a fairy godmother decided to give them a hand and create what we called a kids safe attention distraction system, or in marketing terms: Tabli – a chalkboard placemat for your child’s (supervised) creativity. One that he/she can draw on and even if they smudge the tablecloth, it’s only chalk, it will come off in the washing machine. A product that is easily washable and hassle free for mums. A product that comes with chalk pen holders to keep the child’s fingers clean before dinner and chalk out of his mouth. How does it look like?
And we didn’t stop there…
But don’t be fooled into thinking that this was easy to get to. It took testing and Dexter gloves…
…it took attention to detail and careful crafting…
… and it lots of pizza. Business people have to eat too!
And what you saw is just the prototype. It’s where we’ll look back in the future and say: “This is how Tabli began…” And until then, follow its adventures in the real world here on this blog. It will be available for sale soon!