Jason's Blog

Week 01 Blog Entry

This week I began my journey into the world of Entrepreneurship. I am a strong believer in the importance of writing down lessons we learn. It is something I began doing especially on my mission. It seems like often times we have to learn the same lessons multiple times before they really stick, and this process is streamlined if we write those lessons down. Just as the description of what these entries are supposed to be explains, "A journal is like a mirror; it doesn’t lie. Looking at past decisions, as well as what I learned from them, and knowing that someday I’ll be evaluating today’s decisions the same way, has made me much more honest with myself. And that has made all the difference in my business and my life." Some of the specific lessons I learned from this week's readings are first and for most, it is important to live a life of intent, not just to make money. Second, and the one that struck me the most in regards to entrepreneurship, is to do something you love and not only worry about the money or what is hot right now. As I have thought about ideas in the past, I have always began the brainstorming process by thinking about what the best way to make a quick buck is, not something I necessarily love to do. The last thing that stuck out to me the most from this week's lesson is the importance of having integrity, and not, as President Hinckley stated, cheat myself.

Week 02 Blog Entry

All of us have goals in our lives that we are constantly working towards. This week I learned of the importance of determining and setting goals in order to accomplish what we want in life. I also learned the importance of failure and perseverance. Many cases of success came only after many attempts and failures. Successful people in life are able to be determined enough to keep working for their goals even when they fail over and over again. From creating my own bucket list, I realized the different sections my goals can be broken into; Spiritual, monetary, and creative. My spiritual goals are always the priority through all other things I do in life. My family and our eternal progression must always be in the back of my mind. Of course I always want to be able to give my family a comfortable life, but I also want to be able to help others. If I can help it, I would love to be able to create something. My motivation is not only money in what I do, but also being able to make a difference, and help create something I can be proud of. As a young entrepreneur, I have already had experiences in creating a business only to see it get a slow start. Having the feeling that you have created something that you feel like will be successful, and then to see it not be accepted the way you would expect it can be extremely disappointing. This experience has been meet with the response of either pivoting, or just giving up all together. From this experience, and from my learning in the class this week, I found that the most disheartening thing about trying to create something is having to muster the resilience and patience to be able to stay motivated and keep going.

Week 03 Blog Entry

This week’s lesson taught me many important principles through the story of Magdalena Yesil. I have found that I enjoy learning through these success stories because they show me how the principles we learn in class can be applied to real life situations. The lesson I feel stuck out to me the most was the desire to do what we love over what will make us the most money. Magdalena had many successful ventures that all seemed to be successful because of her determination and desire. When faced with the opportunity to do something that would most likely be less strenuous and more financially beneficial, she struggled with the decision because it was not doing what she loved to do. During the week I was listening to a rich dad poor dad audio clip that said “rich people don’t work for money, they do what they love”. The readings and videos from this week also helped me to realize the importance of keeping your ethical boundaries. In other words, don’t sacrifice your integrity for money, and the way I applied my ethical boundaries, do not put money before family, work for money for your family. Just as we are promised in the scriptures, when we keep the commandments, we will prosper.This week’s lesson taught me many important principles through the story of Magdalena Yesil. I have found that I enjoy learning through these success stories because they show me how the principles we learn in class can be applied to real life situations. The lesson I feel stuck out to me the most was the desire to do what we love over what will make us the most money. Magdalena had many successful ventures that all seemed to be successful because of her determination and desire. When faced with the opportunity to do something that would most likely be less strenuous and more financially beneficial, she struggled with the decision because it was not doing what she loved to do. During the week I was listening to a rich dad poor dad audio clip that said “rich people don’t work for money, they do what they love”. The readings and videos from this week also helped me to realize the importance of keeping your ethical boundaries. In other words, don’t sacrifice your integrity for money, and the way I applied my ethical boundaries, do not put money before family, work for money for your family. Just as we are promised in the scriptures, when we keep the commandments, we will prosper.

Week 04 Blog Entry

There were many important principles and lessons I pulled out of this week’s lesson once again. Each week’s readings and the principles from those readings seem to build off of each other, and expound on different aspects of business in a different way. This week, one of the principles that stuck out to me the most was the importance of doing something that you enjoy doing. I have experienced the difference in my academic career and even my professional career up to this point of doing something you enjoy doing and something you do not enjoy doing. When you are doing something you enjoy doing, each day is something to look forward to, it makes getting out of bed in the morning easy to do, it makes going to work fun, and it makes the time each day fly by. When you do something you do not enjoy doing, it is harder to get out of bed in the mornings because you are dreading what you have to do that day, it makes work days go slower, and it makes your desire to succeed diminish. As part of doing something you enjoy doing, it is important to maintain that eternal perspective on what is really important. Being an entrepreneur does not mean working all day and all day, it is more about the effectiveness of your decisions during the time you have set aside to work. Spending time with your family is not something you have to give up in order to be successful.

Week 05 Blog Entry

I continue to learn more and more each week, but the things that stuck out to me this week are the principles that are dominate in each of these lessons. Repetition is the key to really learning something. Some of the key principles that I have noticed as a common theme through each of the lessons thus far are goals, guidance, passion, and perseverance. Each of these common principles have begun to be applicable to me in each aspect of my life; religion, profession, and personal. Goals are always important in order to know what you are working towards and to make it possible to know when you have accomplished something. Guidance is needed to keep ourselves on the path that we determine. We must have a passion for what we do, or else we will not be able to find the joy, and it will make it difficult to fulfill the other principles. Perseverance is what specifically stuck out to me the most this week. Perseverance is crucial in anything that we want to work for, whether it is staying true to the gospel, enduring to the end, or maintaining a strong marriage, or creating a business from the ground up, or even being successful in your career. I am grateful to be able to learn these things now and continue and/or start applying them to my life.