Groningen’s Got Creators
By Jessica Araus
“Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
Last weekend I attended two festivals in Groningen: the Food Truck Festival and the Zeldzaam Mooi Markt. I got to meet a lot of people and make new friends. The first event I attended was the Food Truck Festival at the Noorderplantsoen.
Since I am Mexican, you could expect to find me at the nacho truck. While my boyfriend and I were eating nachos at one of the picnic tables, many people started to join us. A bit later, we were all introducing ourselves and exchanging presentation cards. One thing I did not expect was to find so many other Mexicans! One of them just started her business in catering, and is planning on opening an authentic Mexican restaurant in Groningen. Another woman, also Mexican, is a web developer who even offered to give us courses to help us improve our websites. I enjoyed hearing their stories and talking about collaborating in the future.
Next, I visited the Zeldzaam Mooi Markt (Rare Beautiful Market), and I got inspired by all the beautiful things I saw there.
You could feel the creativity, passion, and dreams coming out from each of those tables. Being there made me reflect on something. We all have a gift. It’s just a matter of how we combine that gift that determines what makes a business successful. The best combination I have found is talent + doing + creativity. Of course, there is more than that. Passion is really important, as is investing money and relationships, but without the three elements mentioned above, your foundation is lacking.
Who cares that there are other artists, instructors, and designers out there. Your work is unique, and nobody does it like you do. Don’t worry about what others have to offer. Instead, get inspired by them. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s all an exchange. I promote your business, and you promote mine. Successful entrepreneurs know that collaborating is such a powerful tool.
So what skill or idea do you have in mind?
You could bake the most delicious fudge in town…
Sell your art…
Design fun baby clothes…
Make cooking fun…
Or sell the shit out of these beautiful hats…
Whatever it is, be your own boss and build your empire!
Whether you are a full time or a part time entrepreneur, you rule! Entrepreneurs dream big. It doesn’t matter how small they start, or if they don’t have all the necessary skills yet. They still do it.
Thanks for putting yourself out there.