Programship – Top Ten SwissCup Project
Congratulations and high five to Programship as a startup projects, being evaluated as one of the Top Ten Startup Projects that holds its position in the final pitching of the December 6 event of Swiss StartCup 2017 competition.
What Made You Go On?
When we look back in our process of producing Programship, we often saw the team at the dinner table, in the living room, on the grey sofa, or on the train to another city. The steps to build up a startup that is worthy of attention is never an easy job. The even more difficult part is the overwhelming workload from the startup when you are still working full-time at your daily job!
We got asked several times by people: “What keep you guys going?”
“We love it. ”
“You love it?” The person frowned, “Come on, be generous. Seriously, what made you go on?”
“We believe it.”
We are not joking. Love or belief may sound a broad term for you to actually buy our sayings. Because we are pretty sure that a lot of people are expecting more practical tips, which can pave a road for them to follow. But if you understand what these two terms embrace, you will show me your “Aha” face.
The love towards a project, a startup, cannot be bought. It is quite common sense, isn’t it? But if you survey or interview people who are working as employees in the world “Do you love what you are doing?”, most of them will awkwardly nod, or bitterly shake head, or remain silent pondering on the question. Very rare that the job is a match for the person who is doing it.
But why? One, when people are being interviewed for a job they often oversell to compete. Two, continuous promotions will eventually made a preson sit in the position that does not suit him anymore.
So, let’s face the brutal fact that when you try very hard to fit in, you only end up being an unhappy person, who yourself do not recognize anymore. Break it free!
Startups, like any hobby, allow people to play with their dreams, their true desires, their real passions. They often start with a “TRUE LOVE” to experiment, fail, experiment, fail, on and on, till they taste the sweet success.
I cannot help comparing having fun with a startup to having fun with writing a book, in the case of myself. My mom joked that even the person selling curtains earns much more than a writer. God knows that this is not exaggerating. But why do I still stay late or get up early to type on my laptop and forget the whole world and even myself?
Because I love it.
Even nobody is paying for what I am offering, I simply feel amazing to do what I am doing. Even there are so many critics about what I am offering, I just cannot give up what I have to do – no matter it is a startup project or a book. The reason to not stop doing it is very simple – it is a feeling that this creation brings to me, regardless the feelings of another existence. Full stop.
In general, opting for doing something you love can make a profound difference in future. Most of the common tasks are being done by machines. We have less and less utility as human beings. For this reason what we love is more important than anything else. Only when you love something you can perfect it to the best of your capabilities. and perhaps do it better than the machine, for a while. we spend every day 8 to 12 hours working if you do something you hate, but you do it for the money, that can lead to illness. so, following your dreams is not only a happy but also a healthy choice.
Besides Love, Belief is the most valuable thing inside human beings, which allow them to approach the perfection. When you believe, you can achieve. It might sound cheesy. But it is true.
Believe in three things:
- Your teammates
- The meaning behind such effort
Believe that you are the right person to do what you are doing. That is why the seed of that idea fell in your brain (instead of others’) and grew like plants in your body, your mind, and your blood. Believe you are capable of learning how to do things, how to solve problems, how to convince, and how to persuade. Anything you need to realize your passion and love, you are capable of having it. Believe that deeply, without a doubt. Sometimes, the resources may come in another way unexpectedly. But they come and that is important to you.
Believe that your teammates will do their jobs, and complimenting you like pieces binding each other in a puzzle box. But before believing so, carefully select who to be your teammates. Because you need some persons, who are:
- with a mutual love of each other
- capable of achieving things
- of shared visions
Yep, selecting teammates is like picking life partners sometimes. Do it with your eyes wide open. Once your selection is done, and they are willing to work with you days and nights without thinking about money or paybacks, it is time to believe them blindly. You just go on doing your part and leave the rest to your teammates.
Third, believe in the meaning behind such efforts of you and your teammates. If you work simply for money and nothing else, you probably need to dig deeper. Because money as a measurement of happiness is shortsighted. Many people find motivation from more meaningful sources and the money is there only to support their activity. For example, Programship aims to bridge global education programs and international students who are ambitious and passionate to study abroad. The meaning of our efforts is to achieve a great communication between education providers and education consumers. So keep this on your mind, thus when the hard time comes, because of the deep grounding to your meaningful belief, you will never stay on the muddy ground for long but will always raise from your knees and fight back on your feet.
At the end of this article, I would like to share with you some practical tips – finally – for you to take away:
- The reason to not stop doing it is very simple – it is a feeling that this creation brings to me, regardless the feelings of another existence. Full stop.
- Believe that you are the right person to do what you are doing.
- Believe that your teammates will do their jobs, and compromising you like pieces binding each other in a puzzle box.
- Believe in the meaning behind such efforts of you and your teammates.
May God bless you to achieve whatever you want to achieve with Love and Belief.
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