The best part of HelpX is the people you meet. You can learn so much from their personalities and experiences. Mr. A’s father was excited to meet a volunteer who could understand some of his colloquial Japanese. He would swoop in sometimes while we were eating lunch, or shucking oysters, or gazing at the sunrise, and begin sharing life lessons. I didn’t understand everything, but gathered enough to be inspired. He’s started several businesses in his life and boiled it down to some simple principles.
If you’re going to start a business, you can’t be hesitant. If you spend your time waffling over whether to try or not, you’ll lose the momentum necessary to push through the issues that inevitably come. Be ready to work really hard. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, so long as you develop the drive to do it well. At the same time, know when to stop or take a different approach – don’t pump energy and resources into something that isn’t working.
Mr. A also shared his perspective.
If you want to do something, start now. It may succeed or it may fail, but there is no question that it will take time. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll know what works and what doesn’t. It’s easier to perfect something that is already in progress than to wait until you’ve dreamed up a “perfect” system. Even if your idea doesn’t turn out as expected, you’ll have new skills to apply to your next venture. The key is using your failures to push you forward. Pursuing your dreams may not be easy, but what else are you going to do with your life?