Seven years ago, when I was 21 years old, I started my podcast Businesspodden together with Mikael Arndt. Shark Tank & Dragons' Den inspired the idea for the podcast. I knew nothing about podcasts. I didn't know much about investing. I wasn't well-known and had no significant following on social media. But I had a clear goal that I wrote down once every day.
Several of my friends and acquaintances laughed a lot when I told them that I started a podcast to discuss startups. They said things like, "Josef, you're 21; what do you know about that?"
But I have always been stubborn and refused to listen to negative people who just talked sh*t without giving any concrete, valuable input. I know where I'm going, I know I can work hard, and I work very hard to get there.
In the beginning, it was hard, really hard. I felt like giving up maaaany times. That's why a clear goal is super important, and to remind yourself of it every day.
Fast-forward five years (until I was 26), and I live the life I had as a goal. I was a tech investor who ran CG Partners in Sweden and been assessing over 3000 business ideas.
Therefore, I ask you again, do you have a business idea that someone close to you laughed at?