An introduction to me

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Don't settle for mediocrity; never let good enough be good enough
- Joel Osteen

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Hi. This is Shadman, an ambitious soul who is starting at a place many are familiar with. I have my degree, I have skills and a hunger to create something greater, for myself, for my family and friends. But what I don’t have is the means to get to where I want to be.

How do I get there? What path do I need to take next? Who do I need to make friends with? I don’t want to think small, I want to think big. I don’t want to move slow, I want to move fast. But this is where I get stuck, how do I get from where I am now to where I want to be?

The world wont slow down for me, so I can’t slow down for the world. So here I am, 25 year’s old (at the time of writing!) starting my Master’s degree. When I first started the course I had an idea to create a business from what I’m currently doing; web design and the mix of all the other things that I find myself to be good at or intrigued by. But this isn’t how we create success; I believe that success comes from struggle and the ability to take risks. So that’s what I am doing, leaving my comfort zone behind to start something new.

I’ve never really considered doing a degree oriented towards Business until I started designing websites for people in exchange for money. I realised that my knowledge was not anywhere near where it needs to be in order to effectively live off a career in web design. I have a lot more to learn when it comes to business strategies and creating a lasting business. At the stage I am at now I can see the different ways people run this kind of business, but don’t yet understand how to manipulate this to create something which I can innovate on. I’ve never looked at business in a creative aspect, but after participating in the Startup weekend I see that it’s just as creative as any creative job, I just needed a new perspective!

This is meant to become an introduction of me, Shad. IT guy, web designer, video editor, photographer, a creative media ‘jack-of-all-trades’. Before I started this course I thought I’d reached the end of an era, and was starting a new beginning. But that wasn’t quite true, I’d just reached the middle of a journey I’ve always been on. A path I was already walking on that had led to some crossroads where I wasn’t quite sure of where I wanted to go.

I believed that there was only one path to success; get more money in any way possible. But after participating in the creation of an idea from nothing, with people I barely knew, I saw that there is another way to achieve greatness. Everyone has an ambition to make money, but there are very few who have the ambition to create something of value to earn it. The room I was in felt full of people wanting to succeed at the top of their respective fields. It wasn’t the same as my undergraduate experience in any way. The class moved faster, the ideas flowed quicker and things went from 0 to 100 much quicker than anything I’d done before. I wasn’t quite ready for it.

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