Hello Strivers, and welcome back to Strive Life. In this post, I will be talking about my experience of creating and running a Startup as a College student. Also, I'll be providing advice if you are looking to do something similar.
My name is Andrew McEwen. I am a 20-year-old Sophomore in College, studying Computer Science and playing Soccer at Capital University, located in Columbus, Ohio USA.
Topics: Sacrifices and Time Management
I first started the development of my Company, McEw LLC, in early February 2017. I won't go into detail on how or why I started it, but rather jump to now, 9 months later.
Studying Computer Science, Playing Soccer, and Running a Company is hard as shit. There's really no easy way of putting it. Fortunately, I have made huge progress in learning how to balance my life and it requires two things- Sacrifices and Time Management.
Right now all I do is work, work, and work. At times it sucks; I want to let go, I want to hangout with friends, I want to have some fun. However, I see the bigger picture, and I know what I am capable of doing. I want to see McEw become something huge, and in order for that to happen, I need to make Sacrifices. I've cut out the irrelevant bullshit and focus on the main components in my life: Soccer, School, and McEw. Most of the time it requires sleep depriving myself, telling friends I don't have time for them, pushing my body to its limit, and so on. I am extremely motivated though, and I know if I put in the work now, success will be waiting for me. I can guarantee it.
I find that college students can get caught in the misconception that 'College will be the best 4 years of your life'. The way I see it, is these 4+ years of College are the years that will determine the rest of your life. It is the time to be building yourself, developing good habits, learning, figuring out who you are as an individual, and preparing for the 'real' world.
I can easily say that the stuff I have learned outside the classroom, running my own company, will remain with me for the rest of my life. Not only have I learned how the world functions, but I have discovered how to maximize my efficiency, and just how I can play to my strengths to achieve my goals.
A huge thing I've learned running McEw is figuring out the balance of school, soccer, and company work. Time is a precious thing. We only have so much of it, and for the most part, we have the freedom of deciding where to devote it.
If you zoom in on the image below you'll see one of my scheduled weeks of October. I call it a 'Life Loop' and it's used to provide structure for my life. Mine is made up of my classes, soccer practices+games, and any other stuff that comes up during the week. I have set-bedtimes+waketimes, set-eating times, and so on.
At the beginning of the semester, I planned out every single day until winter break to maximize the time I had to work. If you would like to try and make one, I suggest using powerpoint on your laptop/desktop. Click this link to download my 'Life Loop' and get started.
I'm still learning throughout my experience of running McEw and I will be sure to write more about it. But as of now, I contribute most of my success to the sacrifices I have made, and the time I have devoted to being the best possible version of myself.
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