This year, I moved to Canberra with the goal to launch a media company that connected people and communities in real life by leveraging the connectivity we already have through the internet. With three business ideas across three industries, I knew that this was going to be one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever undertaken.

When I looked at my strengths and weaknesses heading into my venture, I started to realise the sheer amount of ‘things’ I needed to learn to fulfil my vision successfully.

Let’s head back nine months, March, when my journey started. My entire life turned upside down. I made a choice to focus on developing my big ideas, for real. I decided that if I needed to, I would live out of my car and eat rice for a year to fund my business.

At this stage, I had no real idea of what I was doing. Fear and anxiety overcame me. My weaknesses were driving me into the ground, and it wasn’t the mountains stopping me, it was the little creeks I could step over.

What was happening?

It took almost four weeks for me to work out that I was asking the wrong question.

One of my greatest ongoing challenges has been to over-ride my introvert personality. If we’ve talked in passing, chances are, you won’t believe that I’m quiet, reflective and prefer to spend time reading or writing. On top of that, a pursuit of perfection has resulted in many jobs that were 90% done and never completed. Often, fear paralyses me in the decisions I have to make (Heck, I have a fear of starting conversations).

Something had to change. I stepped up and started asking “What do I need to do next?”.

I started surrounding myself with people that have more life and business experience than me. I rekindled relationships with old bosses. I started getting to know a neighbour that runs a real-estate business. I connected with the Director of an Australian clothing company. I started meeting like-minded people at business networking events. I participated in an innovation program. I pitched my ideas to a room full of people. I applied and won some grant money, and I ran a seminar on photography and pursuing adventure.

Today, that journey continues and I continue to ask myself: What do I need to do next?

Over the last nine months, I’ve learnt a lot, met inspiring people and reached some significant milestones. Acknowledging the wins big and small has helped me see that all the hard work is paying off, even if the big picture still seems light years away.

My main project, World Photo Day, reached over 500 million people in August and recently incorporated as a company in preparation for funding opportunities.

AusBackpacking, an online travel community I’ve co-founded is about to release season 2 of its travel podcast and launch an online travel sales platform.

I recently partnered with a fellow entrepreneur to develop another one of my ideas that has been sitting behind the scenes, on pause. We’re launching an MVP in January 2017.

2016 is quickly coming to a close. Looking back, I’m challenged by the things that I didn’t get done. Those thoughts of “if only” or “what if” often weigh down my motivation. I think that this is a regular thing. My choice is not to get sucked in by those thoughts. I choose to learn from those mistakes and missed opportunities. I won’t make them again.

To me, this post is only 90% done. I don’t want to post it. It’s not perfect. I’m going to post it nevertheless. I’m fearful that people will judge me. I’ll take that as feedback.

I want to share more of what I write, so I’m going to commit to one post a week about my life adventures. See you next Thursday!

By |2016-11-17T02:43:59+00:00November 16th, 2016|Business|7 Comments

About the Author:

Korske is a Canberra-based adventurer, entrepreneur and photographer passionate about inspiring the heart of adventure in young people. He is the Director of World Photo Day, an international event that embraces a passion for photography and its ability to inspire communities. Away from the screen, you'll find Korske out Surfing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing and Wood Working.

7 Comments

  1. Joel November 17, 2016 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Good stuff mate, glad to hear things are going well and I’m looking forward to future posts 🙂

    Just one thing, shouldn’t the title be your “2016” journey instead of “2017”?

    • korske November 17, 2016 at 1:59 am - Reply

      Nice pickup, yes, it should be 2016! Should have proofed the title one last time.

  2. Debbles November 17, 2016 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Korske, thank you for your honest revelations of where you have been and where you are at, and most importantly where you are headed to. Life is a journey, a lesson and always best kept fluid. Glad to see you are not letting the enemy’s words take hold, but boldly moving forward. Thank you again. We are all here to cheer you on, and you do not need to live in your car and eat rice ever….we have always room for one more. {{hugs}}

  3. Natalia Scott November 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Good job! It takes an enormous amount of courage to be honest in life and even more when you do it online.
    Look forward to your next post… God bless

    • korske November 23, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalia! It’s always great to hear from old friends all the way across the country! It’s always encouraging to see your posts as you apply what you’ve been studying!

  4. Margaret November 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your journey and being honest. It encourages us all to look at life through “what’s next” instead of “what if”.

    • korske November 23, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Margaret! I feel that with more life experience, the ‘what if’ list gets longer. Thinking of all the great opportunities that are still ahead of us can be challenging but much more rewarding than dwelling on the things we can’t necessarily change in the past!

Leave a Reply