Tuesday, 3 December 2013

My Bootstrapping Manifesto

My name is Muthuri Kinyamu, I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative, insight and guts, but not much money. I am fearless. I keep my focus on growing Shakili—not on politics or other wasteful distractions. 

I am a guerrilla. I will be persistent, consistent, and willing to invest in the marketing of myself and Shakili.

I’m in Shakili for the long haul. Building a business that will last separates me from the opportunist, and is an investment in my brand and my future. Surviving is succeeding, and each day that goes by makes it easier still for me to reach my goals.
I pledge to know more about my field than anyone else. I will read, learn and teach. My greatest asset is the value I can add to our users, customers and Shakilizers through my efforts.

I am the underdog. I realize that others are rooting for me to succeed, and I will gratefully accept their help when offered. I also understand the power of favors, and will offer them and grant them whenever I can.

I am a laser beam. Opportunities will try to cloud my focus, but I will not waver from my stated goal and plan—until I change it. And I know that plans were made to be changed.

I will measure what I do, and won’t lie about it to myself while evaluating my performance. I’ll set limits on time and money and won’t exceed either.

I have less to lose than most -- a fact I can turn into a significant competitive advantage.
Most of all, I’ll remember that the journey is the reward. I will learn and grow and enjoy
every single day.

This manifesto is based on The Bootstrapper’s Bible, a book by Seth Godin. What I’ve done is edited and deleted a few lines to suit my use and share it here.

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