Have you ever thought about successful people and how they got to the top? What we usually see is the product, their success. But what we don’t see is how they got where they are now. We don’t see their journey, small steps they have made along, fears and struggles, their first accomplishments.
We don’t see “HOW?”!
There are many examples of the great business ideas Worldwide and I have one amazing, inspiring success story to share with you!
It is a success story about my very close friend and colleague.
His name is Vladimir (nickname Vlada and friends call him Nici). We studied acting in the same class and graduated in 2010. The same like me, as an actor, Vlada has many challenges, he fulfills his journey with ideas, travels and most of all fun! I could spend a day writing about his projects and talents. But there is something that showed up from nowhere. Something that he has never dreamed it could happen.
When you make a decision
In 2011, he decided to move out from his parents’ house and start living on his own. I would like to highlight that it is very rare to do that in Serbia (unless you are getting married). It’s tradition and culture, to stay with your family, especially if you live in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Also, it is common to think “Why would I pay the rent when I have my home.” But, he decided to try. In the beginning, it was hard for him to manage all the expense (rent, food, gas, social life). But he got to maintain an average life.
In December 2012, I got a job with the Carnival Cruise Line and left Serbia. I haven’t seen my friend Vlada for more than seven months.
When I got back home on my vacation, I went to visit him at his new place. He took me to his office which he made out of his bedroom. There was a huge surprise. A big machine for T-shirt printing was sitting in the middle of the room, and a bunch of the white, blank T-shirts was on his bed. I was totally confused with what was going on there. Especially when he started laughing to the tears (as always :))
Here goes the story.
When you follow your bliss
I asked my friend Vlada to share with you (my readers), his journey himself.
“Acting and performing only couldn’t produce an income big enough for some regular social life. I don’t think that money is everything, but it is important if you want to travel, produce new theater shows, live on your own and so on. While waiting for acting roles, and working on some projects I was thinking all the time what I could start doing, that is creative and at the same time a source of an income for everyday life. One day I woke up with an idea to start printing T-shirts.
I borrowed 650 euros for the machine and a couple of hundreds for new, white, blank T-shirts.
The only thing I knew was that I was going to find funny images and write my quotes that would fit those.
I’ve printed a couple of them.
One more thing I knew for sure was that to make it work; people need to hear for my T-shirts. I named my collection “Ivica and Majica” (after brothers’ Grimm “Hansel and Gretel” story).
I created a Facebook page and the Instagram profile.
All that I was thinking about was to make enough money to pay off my investment. It seemed to be a mission impossible.
Very soon, my collection became popular in Facebook society.
A couple of months later..
I woke up to the great news!
My Facebook page reached
That number was increasing from day to day, and I still couldn’t believe my eyes!
Ivica and Majica became a gift, a surprise, a wedding clothing, a way for people to express themselves. My T-shirts even crossed the Serbian border, and they are well known to citizens of the neighbors’ countries. I am also preparing a line in English and some other languages as a big surprise for Ivica and Majica fans!
Finally, I realized that my new brand needs a special finishing touch and I started drawing pictures myself.
Even though I was never into drawing, I knew that this was a superb idea.
Anyways, I had nothing to lose.
I gave myself a chance.
Well, I didn’t try – I did it!
I was 28 when I had made my first drawing.
What’s the deal?
- Follow the bliss – When idea arrives, nothing shouldn’t stop you from making it work.
- Never give up – There will always be someone telling you that you dream too much. Don’t listen.
There is no a greater mind than yours when you follow your bliss.
- Trust yourself – Whatever you can imagine, you can achieve
- Focus – Let everyone know when you work so that no one distracts you
- Dedicate – Dedication is the key to success (find a couple of hours on a daily basis to work on your idea)
- Be happy and live your life – Don’t stop living, hang out with friends, continue with everything you’ve been doing before
- Celebrate – CHEER TO EACH AND EVERY STEP YOU MAKE TOWARDS YOUR GOALS!!!
Vlada went further with his education. This time he studies in the college for design, and he is very excited. He didn’t give up from acting. In fact, he is a very successful actor, but he opened himself to where his bliss leads him!
I am so proud of Vlada – My friend who inspires me and makes me laugh to the tears! Nici!
My message to you
I created this page to share with you how one great idea that seemed to be just wasting money at the beginning became a great full-time business. This rule applies to each and every idea in the world, especially if you are up to an online business. Your market is the biggest in the entire World.
So catch the moment, follow your bliss, hold on to it, and you will be facing incredible results!
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