Funzing Experience Seeker Jennie Strauss attended LDN Talk ‘Quit Your Job & Follow Your Dreams’. Here is her review of this interesting talk:
On Monday I was lucky enough to experience a Dim Sung Talk via Funzing – an incredibly inspirational talk with Henry Blanchard followed by some scrumptious flavoursome dumplings and sticky rice! It’s Monday- probably the worst day of the working week (because Friday seems so far away..!) so please someone give me something inspirational!
Who doesn’t sit there twiddling ones thumbs thinking.. “What am I doing here? Why am I staring at these blank walls 8 hours of MY day 5 days a week? Isn’t there more meaning to life?” This led me to this particular talk and since then I’ve become more excited than ever to start my new journey.
Henry provided a thought-provoking talk, speaking about his own experiences of taking the plunge and starting up an adventure sports business and a very successful charity in East Africa. He talked of other entrepreneurs and incredibly brave people who decided to quit their mundane 9-5 jobs for something that gives them more meaning and purpose. Henry was obviously passionate about what he has managed, built and worked for and with this, he delivered a dynamic talk that kept me intrigued throughout.
At an awesome venue called Ping Pong- a Chinese restaurant near Charing Cross serving a delicious array of dumplings and sticky rice. A piece of advice: Unless you have a small appetite, eat something beforehand. It was a perfect amount for me (because I’m watching my weight!) but for those of you who have an appetite, this may not fill you up. Having said that, you could just order more!
What did I learn?
I often thought that the inventors of super cool start-ups just had that ‘Eureka moment’ and BANG just like that…they are somehow successful overnight. Just like the models on Pantene were born with silky shiny sensational hair…The inventors of businesses were just born and blessed with this creative, unique and wonderful power. How wrong I was…
This has stopped me in my track because I never felt I had an idea that was good enough – but wait. This isn’t exactly true. Henry said that these start-ups ‘do not just happen overnight’ – it is important to think of the bigger picture and it takes many small inputs – often years to become successful.
Henry recommended possibly volunteering or working for small companies on the side. It could be as a social media assistant (or intern!) just to see if you like it. It means you can stay in your job whilst gaining new skills.
My experience of Funzing
A soon as I came across Funzing I couldn’t believe my luck. Coincidently 2 days prior I was talking to a friend about the struggles of pinpointing all of the talks in London in an easy and accessible way. We know how many are out there but it was so difficult to find them for different reasons – a bad website design or confusing instructions to name a few.
What did I do? I booked a night talk straight away. And guess what? I am now addicted. A Funzing addict, I didn’t even know there was such thing!
Having said that being addicted to Funzing cannot be a bad thing. Not only do I learn from the talks, it also provokes me to learn afterwards. I’m becoming more knowledgeable by the day.