I have been reading some articles and blog posts on people who have social anxiety issues and was unsettled to read about some people’s extreme cases of anxiety. I have some of my own, of course, and so do all people to a certain measure. Although, different people experience anxiety in different doses.
I believe that personality types have a high correlation to the level of anxiety that a person experiences. Typically, there are usually two types of people, extroverts and introverts, and of course there are ambiverts who are usually pretty much in between. People with deep anxiety issues are usually very much introverted.
First off, there are some tactics, however, that you can use to lessen the social anxiety such as consuming a few beverages before social events (it helps loosen oneself up), choosing and deciding to attend the less crowded events and so on. Many people over-compensate for some of their insecurities by over-prepping and presenting themselves well in public as a way to boost their levels of self-possession, but not everyone has the cost or time that comes with taking this approach (also, I do not beleieve this to be the most appropriate one for the long-term).
Secondly, if you experience social anxiety, I highly suggest you read the book “Quiet: The power of introverts” by Susan Cane. It’s a best seller and has quite some useful tips about overcoming anxiety or at least learning to better cope with it as well as with introversion (which usually comes hand-in-hand with it) and even learning to use it to your advantage. If you do not have the time or patience to read this, I suggest listening to the audiobook which is well-read.
Finally, I think that, at the end of the day, we mostly fear the unknown, and one of the best ways to overcome fear and insecurities is to prethink the major possible negative scenarios that may take place so that it becomes hard for you to be dissapointed from certain events.
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When you think about the 1% that is the success rate of most startups (at least in the United States but generally worldwide), you wonder how people calculate the expected return and assess their profitibality with regards to such an endaveour. Melanie says it best in her enlightening blog post incentivizing people to build lifestyle businesses instead of startups in which she basically calculates the expected return (after taking into consideration success rates and other relevant statistics) of hyper growth startups that end up exiting at $100M+ valuations and lifestyle businesses that make around $1M in revenues a year. The expected return, after taking into consideration the 1% success rate of the former, spliting equity between co-founders, and the success rate of actually making it into a $100M+ exit ends up being around 3 Grand. Not what you expected right? That’s because you’d have to multiply $100,000,000 by 1% then again by 50% then again by 2% then finally by 33% (which is the highest amount that the founder will probably own after dilution at the said exit) and you get exatly $3,300. Remember, this is NOT the value that a founder would get if successful, but rather it is the expected return based on the realistic probabilities outlined above.
According to statistics, the success rate of small businesses in the US is 44%, a surprising leap from the mere 1% for startups. Doing similiar calculations to the aforementioned gives us an expected return of around $356,400 with an expected exit of $3.6M. Ok that’s not as cool as the former exit of $100M+ but look at the odds.
What I suggest most aspiring entrepreneurs should do is plug one more thing into the equation in order to make both of the above expected values more precise, and that’s your credentials, in addition to the how, when and where. For instance, whether you have relevant experience, whether you have succeeded at a similiar endaveour before and whether you have relevant mentors all factor in to highly increase (or maintain constant) your chances at startup success. As for the other way around, I don’t really believe that not having the aforementioned criterea will decrease your chances with regards to the calculations we just made, because the percentages that we took into consideration don’t actually factor in relevant outstanding credentials.
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From leasing residences, to sharing rides, to clubbing together to finance creative projects, sharing has become increasingly popular in today’s economies worldwide and has recently been used to spur innovative business models and generate considerable amounts of revenue. A research done by Roland Berger strategy consultants suggests that this specific sharing economy is going to further preside throughout the upcoming years.
The Uber company – which offers ride-sharing services – originating from California and now operating in more than 30 cities worldwide, was valued at $18 billion. Airbnb, the service that allows people to lease residences, has more than 800,000 entries in more than 192 countries and is valued at approximately $10 billion. Finally, Kickstarter, a large and global crowdfunding platform for creative projects (such as movies, games, music albums and other projects) has an estimated valuation of $1 billion.
This ‘swapping’ economy is largely owing to the technological innovations that have been happening in the past decade relating to communication, specifically in how they have faciliateted and completely changed human and other communications. In fact, all facets of our lives now seem to be dominated by online communication. The world is progressively being transformed into one global network. Humans, devices and programs are continually interlinked and exchange information in realtime as if the world was one compressed little community.
Prospects in this new sharing economy have already become visible, as per some of the aforementioned examples, with the majority of them relating to mobility. Moreover, young new entrepreneurs have been generating original and innovative ideas relating to this sharing economy incessantly. Some more examples of companies taking advantage of this economy are the following: swap.com, zopa, Bcycle, CouchSurfing, BookMunch, ZiLok.com, carpooling.com and zipcar.