Just do it

One of the early mistakes I made as an entrepreneur was that I was seeking for others’ permission / approval to do things because I was too used to the corporate bureaucracy.  However, Tina Seelig’s what I wish I knew when I was 20 brought me back on track.

Entrepreneurship is about challenging the status quo.  So, you have to expect people to disapprove you.

Hence, Tina wrote, “I didn’t ask for anyone’s permission.  I just did it!”

Tina has a PhD in neuroscience, but founded a seemingly unrelated multimedia company, BookBrowser.  And when she named herself the President and CEO of the company, her father, a corporate veteran, freaked out because in his mind, you can only get promoted or be proven by others to get that title.  The reality is: no, you don’t.

Try to Google or ask a McKinsey partner whether Mark Zuckerberg is qualified to be the CEO of facebook.  You have to be extremely lucky to find one article that proves his qualification.  But facebook has grown from a college thing to an everybody’s thing, and from a sinking ship to one of the most profitable private companies in the world.  Even my mom, who doesn’t know how to use PowerPoint properly, uses facebook regularly.

I recently did a survey on Linkedin, asking people whether twitter is solving problems or creating more problems.  More than 20% of them said it creates more problems, and more than 60% of them said, it doesn’t solve any problem.  This shows that even a popular idea can fail to communicate its purpose to the vast majority, and seem to be unproven or irrelevant to many.  Thus, if you want to pursue entrepreneurship, you better prepare yourself to face doubts, objections, or skepticism 90% of the time.

Changing the world is not easy because many people are comfortable with the way they do things right now.  However, that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.  For example, smokers don’t want to quit smoking because they like and feel good about smoking, but it doesn’t mean smoking is the right thing to do nor does it mean smoking is good for them.

As an entrepreneur, in this example, you would be the only non-smoker who lived with nine other heavy smokers.  If you wanted to change their habit, you would just have to do it because you would never get their approval to do so.

Fight for your dream and just do it!


About Daniel Chu
“Success is to drive and continually shape the excellence in you and around you” – Daniel Chu Born in January 1st 1983 in Taipei Taiwan, Daniel Che Yi Chu moved to Ontario Canada by himself at the age of 14, seeking for better education. In 2007, Daniel obtained his Honor Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Currently an IT Project Manager at TELUS, Daniel is leading teams with up to 15 members and managing budgets between $100K-$800K, facilitating a $900M deal with the Quebec government (http://bit.ly/17A6tu). Since graduation, Daniel joined TELUS’s Leadership Development Program (http://bit.ly/bLnKD), which gave him an opportunity to explore different professional roles, such as a Business Analyst, Developer, IT Project Manager, Human Resources Project Manager, and Strategic Advisor. Continued to grow, Daniel joined Toastmasters in 2008, and obtained both the Competent Leader and Competent Communicator designation in 2009. Also in 2009, Daniel was nominated and elected President of his Toastmasters Club (http://www.telespeakers.com). Daniel is a committed Christian who is also a committed volunteer at Big Brothers and the Crisis Center. He helps the Crisis Center deliver suicide prevention workshops at Vancouver’s high schools. Daniel enjoys various activities, such as swimming, playing basketball, and bowling. He also enjoys reading and writing.

4 Responses to Just do it

  1. Tim says:

    I want to become an entrepreneur, but I have trouble dealing with doubts or uncertainties. Does this mean I shouldn’t go down this road? By the way, the smoker is example is really good!!

  2. Daniel Chu says:

    Hello Tim,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Building a good support network (friends, family, and mentors) will help you overcome doubts and uncertainties because these people will give you wisdom and encouragement to help you through challenging times. I’d also suggest you to get a life coach, who is professionally trained to help you overcome your fear.

    Don’t give up on your dreams.

    Hope this helps.


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  4. cathy says:

    i like it !!

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