The new golf for tech entrepreneurs and investors
You’ve probably heard that kitesurfing is the new golf for digital entrepreneurs and that is certainly true. Networking opportunities are fantastic, many successful business people love the sport, whether they are founders, investors or executives in tech companies. However, this article will focus also on connection between coworking, kitesurfing and entrepreneurship. CoworKite team’s shared love for kitesurfing made us realize that it has quite a lot in common with entrepreneurship. While this might not seem conspicuous to those unfamiliar with it, we can tell you that they’re more similar than you might initially think. Kitesurfing is often perceived by the general public to be a bit risky, especially if you aren’t experienced in it. It can be scary for someone attempting the task at any time, let alone the first time. The concept of entrepreneurship is regularly viewed the same way, people are scared of the venture due to the various risks involved. We, however, would rather have people discard these preconceived notions.
Commitment, passion and self-motivation
Much like learning to kitesurf, the entrepreneurial journey can be a bit rocky at first. However, the levels of commitment, passion, and self-motivation can help advance you in the task. Just as you would when you take on an extreme sport like kitesurfing, being an entrepreneur means you’ll constantly be learning, making swift decisions, taking calculated risks, and setting personal objectives. The important thing to realize is that while you will make mistakes, sometimes drastic ones, it’s important to learn from them and continue on with your endeavor.
Community and freedom
Let’s now put coworking into the perspective. So what do entrepreneurship, kitesurfing and coworking have in common? They are all unique in that you often find yourself balancing collaboration with independence and freedom. Coworking membership gives you the freedom to work the way you want. Kitesurfing gives you an incredible sense of freedom. Being an entrepreneur gives you the freedom to express yourself and do what you love.
Second thing: the community aspect. Coworking is all about the community and being surrounded with like minded people. It is made for those who want to immerse in an entrepreneurial community and engage in the community. Kiteboarding builds community as well, because kiters are dependent on one another. There are times when someone has trouble getting their kite to launch, but other kitesurfers are always around and more than willing to lend a helping hand. It’s an unspoken bond that you’ll immediately notice in the water, and the same goes for entrepreneurship and coworking. It’s important for a location-independent entrepreneur to find a community of like-minded individuals who are eager to partner with and/or support you, which is what co-working is meant to provide. In fact, there have been an abundant amount of successful partnerships in the past that started in simple co-working spaces. Nowadays, believe it or not, many new business partnership are starting on a kitesurfing beach. If you’ve read the story behind CoworKite then you know what we are talking about! And CoworKite is only one of the examples.
Have you started your business in a similar way? Let us know.