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#Startup motivationals don’t #help

It’s a new month. The first day of Spring?

 

Doesn’t feel like it yet – as proven by the frost on my car windscreen that needed clearing before I came to work this morning.

 

Twitter seems to think so though, with the #FirstDayOfSpring hashtag trending good and proper all day long.

 

Out of interest, I decided to search for a hashtag that relates to our line of work.

 

#StartUp. After a few seconds looking at the top results there’s very little there that’s actually helpful for anyone wanting to start a new business.

 

It’s just a load of motivationals – cheesy, clichéd pictures with some quote about bettering yourself. Like this:

 

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive who is youer than you.”

 

What does that even mean? Why does it relate to business start-ups?

 

“Youer”. That’s Dr Seuss isn’t it?

 

Here’s another:

 

“Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.” With a picture of Russell Crowe in Gladiator next to it.

 

Great! But how do I work out my tax return? Probably won’t feel like growing when saddled with a big fat tax bill due to not having any actual advice available.

 

One more:

 

“Memories take us back. Dreams take us forward.” Retweeted 124 times.

 

Are people into this? Are actual entrepreneurs sitting there thinking “yeah man, so true!”

 

Doubt it.

 

If you want genuine help with your #StartUp forget the motivationals and have a look here:

 

http://www.madenotborn.com/starting-your-own-business/

 

David