I don't think I should call myself a 'startup' until I've done my Big Issue class. Now I'm just a 'starting up'
If you've ever thought about going for it and setting up a business or charity, please read my 3 points. I've learnt these things by 'starting up'
Things to read from a 'Starting up'
(If yoga quota crashes then you'll know to ignore them!)
I want to note them now and maybe in a month they'll have changed?
Like a night out, things go far better when they've not been massively anticipated and you just do it spontaneously. Think New Year's Eve. This Sanskrit word is one of the niyamas meaning surrender the fruits of your actions and just enjoy the process. (Presumably not in one Sanskrit word but that's what it means!)
So take my initial plan to set up a hotpod for example, that was wrong, because I was doing it for the wrong reasons...like the reasons I was seriously driving to be an astronaut despite finding science pretty boring, hating being away from home and actually (shock) not enjoying flying! Whereas, yoga, you're doing it for the process not the results (unless you're doing it wrong!)
2) small steps & enjoy 'em
I have "dared to dream" (like the picture!) of a really big impact Yoga Quota where teachers across the country give some of their time to a central school for yoga which runs back to back week residentials for groups that don't usually get to do yoga. Now that would be an efficient way to do Yoga Quota- but let's just take small steps and get going now and make a difference as I go! In one small but lovely room above Lush, with a hammock, some lights, candles, some balls (mine!), lovely walk-ins and regulars and lots of groups around Oxford who want to try yoga!
3) You can generally summarise business books in one sentence (if they're a good book) so don't treat them like a bible or waste your precious time reading too many of them rather than just doing it!*
For example some books in a sentence:
Lean start up- don't prevaricate just go for it and adapt as you test your product out and get feedback
Checklist manifesto- use lists to make sure you don't miss anything when you do your routine tasks
#nastygirl- just work hard, remember no job is below you, love what you do and listen to your customers
*Ahem! I'm fully aware of the irony of writing a blog about tips for starting up and in it saying not to waste time reading advice from people like me- so why are you still reading??? Dare to dream and get on with it!