It has been a long time since I have written something and it is not because I did not do anything, I was busy learning and if you working on a dream/idea, you always learn.
So what have I learned so far?
As I said before, I believe in my idea (my dream) and I know it will work but I have learned that you need to know why you believe in your dream? It sounds like a stupid question but it is really very important because as you go along, there will be patches where you feel all the hard work and long hours is not worth it and then the ‘why’ means everything. What is my ‘why’? I need to make a difference, I need to create genuine equal opportunities for everybody who believes, like me, in honesty, integrity and old fashioned values and I refuse to follow a path just because everyone else does. It might have been the better path a while back, but it certainly is not anymore.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” by Edmund Burke
I believe we CAN make a difference, we CAN put competition back in business, WE CAN take control of our lives and stop falling in with big business ideas of how it should work. It is our time, our money, it is our choice. My dream makes that possible as everyone competes for the same request equally and anonymously. The client makes his/her decision purely on facts, so big or small, all have the same chance.
As I said, I believe in old fashioned values so nobody pays anything if nothing can be provided and then the choice is still yours. If a client has a request and you decide you want to tender for the request, then you pay a fee of around 1% of the client budget with a fair cap amount.
I also still believe the client is the most important party in any transaction so I also made provision for the client to be able to rate the supplier/service provider on the service provided.
I believe in fairness so I allowed the supplier/service provider to ask questions about a client request and the answers will also be visible for all the other suppliers/service providers.
I believe in learning from your actions so I made provision to forward the tender layouts of successful suppliers/service providers to the unsuccessful suppliers/service providers to allow them the see where they need to adapt in future tenders.
I believe we should support our community first because that grows our own community which in turn improve community monetary value because the money spent by a client will mostly stay in the area it was spent.
Most of all, I believe that, if big business and government can ask for tenders for their requests to get the best price for a service, why can’t we.
I think I have learned a lot but I also know there is a lot more to learn and a lot more obstacles to overcome but as long as I know that and I know why, I will overcome it.
If you have a dream, find the why and go for it, do not give up. I was also lucky enough to find an entrepreneurship coach and the more I see him, the more I believe we all need someone like him to guide us and make us aware of our shortcomings and where we need to change our entrenched ‘cannot’ thoughts. Read the book ‘Succeed with nothing’ by Dr Bahadur and you will see which limitations our minds put on us.