Start-Up: Journey of an Entrepreneur

I’m Korea-obsessed, not to the extent of a Koreaboo, but I do have deep admiration for Korean culture, beauty and skincare, dramas, and of course, the music! However, I wouldn’t want to be “reborn” as a Korean- I love being Chinese, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

Anyways, besides balancing work and blogging, with the spare time I have in hand, I’d love to sit on the couch and binge watch Korean dramas. One in particular got me emotionally, physically, and mentally inspired and that would be the South Korean TV series Start-Up.

Start-Up is about an aspiring businesswoman, Seo Dal Mi, played by Bae Suzy, who has dreams of becoming Korea’s own Steve Jobs. With her genius first love, an investor, and a business insider by her side, her dream may be closer than she thinks.

I greatly enjoyed the 16 episodes of this amazing show and hopefully they’ll have a season two *crosses fingers*

If you love a straightforward Korean show about the realistic struggles of young people trying to achieve their dreams with a captivating soundtrack, then you should definitely give Start-Up a try, it’s on Netflix! I promise you won’t regret it but instead you’ll be hooked and want more (like me)!

The reason I brought up this drama featuring it here onto Messycafe is because it’s one of the many inspirations, and possibly the main one, that allowed me to partake on this entrepreneur journey.

I’ve changed my majors many times during my college life before finding my passion in healthcare so I completely understand that the early stage of any business is difficult. I’m scared to fail and give up when the business isn’t working out but watching Start-Up made me realize that following your dreams is a big risk to take, but one that’s always worth it. I have to constantly remind and inspire myself of my end goals and why I started in the first place.

A few other lessons that we can all learn from StartUp are, not only in the business field but in our every day lives as well:

  • Don’t be afraid to fall. Hitting rock bottom is a good thing, read my first ever post about it here
  • Constructive criticism is essential in improvement.
  • It’s always better to hear the cold hard truth than a lie. I’m a rather sensitive person when it comes to words and trust me, I know the truth hurts but it can save and prevent you from falling off a cliff. Only your loved ones will tell you the truth because they are trying to protect and support you. It’s better to feel hurt now than in the future when it could be possibly too late.
  • Business is all about making “correct” decisions. There’s no right decision for anything but it’s crucial to think about every possible choice, one that sticks to your morals and beliefs of you and your business, making sure to follow through with the decision, and do your best not to regret the choices you made. Every decision you make is entirely up to you.

Hopefully with the Korean drama Start-Up and this post, it will trigger your inner business spirit to start something of your own.

Let’s all take the Upper-Floor Elevator together, hand in hand.

It’s a tough and complicated society out there with loads of competition. However, we don’t want to be your competitor; instead we want Messycafe to be your supporter, one that supports aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. We want to be the foundation, like the show’s Sandbox, to propel all your wonderful ideas; we are all one community. Think of Messycafe as your guide, your friend, your family, and your Sandbox.

Every day, I am grateful for the choice I made that day. So you don’t need to be sorry. And from now on, you shouldn’t worry about me because my life will get even better. I’ll be honest. At the moment, I’m not as successful as In Jae is. I admit it. But In Jae is three years older than me. So give me three years. I’ll outdo her by then.

Seo Dal Mi, Episode 3

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