My intention with this post, is to give a different perspective to those people who want to create an internet company, a large project that helps make life easier for the people or just live on something they are passionate about… and don't worry about the title, I don't want to offend anybody, in fact I say it for me, then finished reading the post, you will realize that in reality, you have much more luck than I... Probably, or if not. This will be more useful than any book motivation. Or a silly guide for entrepreneurs who, "will help them succeed" (do not serve for nothing).
My name is Jesús Gil, I live in Venezuela, from the 15 years i am and i do web page designs, and at the same age I had an idea for a project that would help me to live on what I like and, in part, to help a large community to which I have appreciation and that has taught me so much. I was never good at school, to the 14 years leave it completely, I became a self-taught, and I started to learn front-end at that age through forums, youtube, etc. The same thing happened with history and philosophy, I felt more comfortable as well, and was very happy, I worked as a freelance for 1 year and a half, was collecting the money needed to carry out my project, but not everything is always color roses… spent several tragedies in my life in 2016 that prevented me from further progress, I lost all the money he had collected for project, and the problems continued to accumulate. In my personal life I suffered economically, psychological, and if that were not enough, also socio-political situation in my country. (If you live under a rock and you have no idea of the situation in my country, take a tour of google news and see).
After having spent 1 full year in depression, and not knowing what to do, until 1 month ago I decided to get out of bed, leave all my problems, my sorrow, pain and do something for my life, I sat at my desk and started doing sketches of the idea that had occurred to me, I spent 1 week to do just the index. Yes, all that time to do that part. I would be lying if I said that in the process no i got in the bed to cry, or i estresaba by what was going on in my family, my emotions and my country. But, he was still trying.
(The letters in the image is in Spanish because i think launch the beta first in Latin America, and then i will translate the rest, I'm sorry, if you want to know what it says, google translate)
I wanted to start with a beta, and I thought, "There is no need to do anything extravagant just do something nice and functional, after all, is a beta, then you will do something better." And that was the result. I must admit that it is the index most beautiful in the world, not the best thing I've ever done, but in the conditions that I am, is the best I could do.
Then the rest was easy, as well as the Faq, about us, login, dashboard, in 1 day could make up to 2 designs, all the ideas came flowing in my head, I felt happy again. But i had my stages of slump, the relationship with my girlfriend was not the best, we had discussions continued, I placed even more depressed, prevented me from moving forward, lay out the page was a challenge for me, something that used to be done easily, this time it was how to learn again, my code was a disaster. Despite the fact that everything was going from bad to worse, I couldn't help but feel again frustrated and sad. I even took up to 7 hours attempted to lay out the "about us". Although I was able to continue at that rate for 1 week, I got close to the most important thing was to schedule and lay out the Dashboard. It was terrible because they returned the personal problems, I had 2 weeks without touching the laptop, I felt too pathetic to believe that I could continue with my project… Now, I think that everything is different.
We all have our problems, our bad moments, but the excuse is not something that should be present in your life, if you are someone who has a great idea for a project, and "You can't do it" for certain reasons, or whatever your problem. Let me tell you that you are limiting yourself to do something important in your life. In my case i try to create the beta of a platform that will help me a lot to live, at the same time I do something that I'm passionate about. And all from a laptop that I can not use the 99% of the tools used to create better designs, I do so from Photoshop CS5 and the designs are not the result you want, without counting that should I restart the program every 10 minutes because crashea, but even so, I make an effort. I don't have to pay for a domain, something so cheap that it costs around $12, or even less if you are looking for bargains. The minimum salary in my country are $3. I had to use Heroku to upload my project and thus to be able to find an investor. I do it all from an internet so pathetic that you'll laugh when i read it, 100kbs. I say no more.
If something needs to be carefully considered, and with great importance, is where do you get the inspiration and encouragement to follow, something that compels you to realize your goals. Since the design is closely linked to the inspiration, it is difficult to make a design, of anything, if you don't have the inspiration or encouragement. Frankly I am surprised myself have created part of a platform of which I am proud, In the past did not even have the courage to stand up to eat... I cannot imagine the things that i will be able to do when I get my source of inspiration.
If something you've been able to give an account of all this, is that surrender is not an option, I've had enough things against me, I lost a lot, I have had to adapt to the things that I had never imagined, never had anyone to hold on, to whom to open my emotions or just letting off steam, this has been the most difficult time in my life I have taken a long time to place your feet on the floor and try to move forward. Again. Since leaving the school, I never worry about at least take a friend with me. I don't even have the money to go to a psychologist… The important thing is not to surrender to the situations that put you life, tells you a person who tries to make it to the top, without anything.
This word is one of my favorites, don't be afraid. You have nothing to lose, do you? It may be easy for me, because basically I have nothing, if I risked, i have nothing to lose, but you probably have many valuable things, and afraid to make the leap. But remember. The excuse, is not an option. It does not matter if you have too much or too little, I've learned from my mistakes, because yes, that is something that I mentioned, before you begin with all of this, with regard to my project I have committed many errors, but without these errors, I would not have realized the great and perfect changes that now I have done in my platform… Comets or do not make mistakes, believe me, on the one hand you know you are going in the right direction, on the other hand, you know what you are doing wrong, and you can improve.
If you want to create a web project, remember, it is very important the design, no matter if it is a beta or a prototype, you do not have to do something too perfect, at least make it presentable, functional, you have to make it clear that being a beta or prototype, has potential, and prometeras them something better when it is finished.
Perhaps this is the most important to consider everything that I have said, but please, have confidence in you, confidence in your goals, your ambitions, your project, your dreams. I consider myself a person very dreamy, I won't lie, I do it many times a day, have confidence in yourself will help you in very bad times. I have had my moments of despair and hate me for not having done anything well, by letting the depression I destroye, I doubted my abilities to do things. Up to my same project, that is supposed to be my job. I trust you will stand firm and not stop.
This is my favorite part… Now, do you have more confidence in you to do whatever you want? I am aware that on this page there are people better qualified than me, with a great deal of knowledge in the front-end and back-end If I had to qualify me among all the people who will read this, or that is in the world of programming and web development, I'm like a fucking NPC of a game, do not serve for nothing. I admit that I am not trained, my knowledge are lower, but you, you are better prepared and have a better knowledge than mine, you should do whatever you want, do not give up, and reinforce all that you think is wrong with you. As you may notice, I am a useless, but I want to keep going no matter what happens.
With this post I am looking for people to have more confidence in themselves, and realize that they may be in a better position than other people without having the slightest idea. Do what of absolute happiness. His dreams, projects or aspirations in life, are not stupid, with hard work, and practice can achieve this. Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, including yourself. Do not limit yourself, many times I have heard that i have a dream stupid, which should study and make something of my life as many times as may, but big mistake, never doubt your goals or projects, is that part of you. You do not have to create an excuse, work with what you have on hand, to get what you need to move forward.
In large part, I wanted to create this because maybe he was desperate to talk to someone, anyone, no matter if it is read by few people, I hope have helped even a person to strengthen their confidence, follow your goals or not to surrender with his project, and has taken the liberty to reach this point of post you have my most sincere gratitude, have made me very happy.
Hasta la próxima, gracias por leerme ;)