Business advice from a failed entrepreneur

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I’ve always known I wouldn’t thrive as someone’s employee. “I’m never going to work,” I once told my mom. I didn’t mean I was going to do nothing all my life and rely on others to take care of me. I meant that I had no desire to work for somebody else.

For the first few months after graduating from university, I was unable to find a job. I was applying to various marketing agencies in London but never got hired. Then, the pandemic stroke and I relocated back to my home country. Instead of finding employment, I started freelancing…

And have no friends.

A woman sitting on a chair in solitude gazing out of a window.
A woman sitting on a chair in solitude gazing out of a window.
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Ever since I was a child, I’ve never felt like I belonged. I’ve always had different interests, opinions, and ambitions than my peers. That’s not to say that I’ve always been an outcast or that I’ve never had a single friend in my life. I have gone through phases of having no friends or being a part of large friend groups.

Honestly, I’ve never really minded not belonging. I’ve always been a bit of a chameleon. Even if I didn’t fit in, I would successfully play the part and get somewhat accepted.

I don’t think that not belonging is necessarily…

A man sitting alone in silence in front of a lake and mountains.
A man sitting alone in silence in front of a lake and mountains.
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Sometimes we look at our life, and we feel like nothing significant has happened. One look on social media exposes you to teenagers flexing the millions of dollars they’ve made in the past three months from their Amazon FBA stores. You scroll down and see your childhood friend getting married. Another one is having a baby. The third one has moved to a different country, yet again.

You reflect on your life and ask yourself, “Why the hell is there nothing happening in my life?!”

My Story

Ever since I turned sixteen, I started feeling like nothing has been going my way…

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When I was sixteen or seventeen, I randomly decided I wanted to move to the UK. From that point on, living in Britain became my biggest dream. I daydreamed about strolling the streets of London, writing at small coffee shops all over the city, and calling myself a Londoner.

I was depressed back then, and moving to a different country seemed like the perfect solution. I thought, “Okay, my life sucks right now, but I’m going to be happy when I move to London.”

We live in a goal-oriented future-focused world. Don’t get me wrong, having dreams and ambitions is…

It seems obvious, but sometimes, we all need this reminder.

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All of us are living in our own tiny bubbles, oblivious to what’s happening around us. We go through lives imprisoned in our minds, caged by our fears, and consumed by the idea of better lives. But not all of us are driven forward to pursue our desires. Quite the opposite, actually. We spend most of our days fantasizing about the life we want to live instead of making that dream a reality.

Yesterday, I was strolling the streets of the Old Town in Prague with my earphones on. A…

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A man standing with his hands wide open staring upwards looking at a skyscraper.
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Why you should stop quitting before you even begin.

‘Hard’ and ‘impossible’ are two distinct words. And yet, people sometimes use them as though they are interchangeable.

According to Cambridge Dictionary, the word ‘hard’ means “difficult to understand, do, experience, or deal with”.

This is what the same resource says about the word ‘impossible’: “If an action or event is impossible, it cannot happen or be achieved.”

Duh, right?! But why am I telling you any of this? Because some people let the word ‘hard’ or ‘difficult’ dictate whether a goal should be pursued or not.

Take writing, for example…

What if you just haven’t met the right people yet?

What If You Are Not As Introverted As You Think?
What If You Are Not As Introverted As You Think?
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I’ve been introverted ever since I was a kid. I never understood why and nor did the people around me. I just was.

I grew up in a dysfunctional family in a small town where everyone gossips and judges each other. Growing up in this kind of environment made me also a bit socially awkward.

In hindsight, most of the friendships I had growing up were pretty toxic because they were based on fakery, gossiping, and sometimes even psychological bullying. The quality of my adult friendships has been significantly better, but I’ve come to realize that no less shallow.


Where you come from isn’t always your home.

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I’m Czech, and I’ve never felt Czech. Just saying “I’m Czech” doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t even refer to myself as Czech. To me, I’m Bohemian. Bohemia is the western part of the Czech Republic, and it’s where I was born. ‘Bohemian’ appeals to me. Regardless of association with the country, the word ‘Bohemian’ emulates a sense of free-mindedness that is authentic to me.

I don’t know where this sense of not belonging comes from because I’ve felt like this since my early childhood. To the five-year-old me, finding out…

In some cases, persisting can be foolish.

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Straight after uni, I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur. The thought of having a boss and working for someone has always been sending chills down my spine. I don’t know where this aversion has come from. I’ve never been a rebel, nor have I ever stood up to someone in authority. Had there been something I had to do, in school, for example, I would be a good pupil and finish the task. But I would quietly despise the teacher.

And so, I launched my first business after graduating. At first…

Otherwise, they grow stronger.

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I have a weird fear of talking to people on the phone. If I have a choice to either call them or meet up in person, I’ll choose the latter option. I have no idea where this fear originated. But I know I’ve been struggling with it ever since I got my Nokia 3310 back in 2002.

If it’s a viable option, I email or message the person instead of calling them. But sometimes, the situation doesn’t allow that, and I have to call the person. When I was little, this fear was explainable. …

S. Viktorie Chladova

Writer, freedom seeker. I write for the lonely, misunderstood people who don’t belong anywhere.

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