Wow—you have got to check out this Kickstarter! I am an entrepreneur, and as an entrepreneur I am always looking for ways to improve my business and to create experiences that I can draw upon in the future. For today’s feature I spoke with Monika Kanokova and had a very enlightening conversation. Our discussion lasted 45 minutes which was cut short because I had to run to the grocery store before my wife got home (to which I was late—oops).
Kanokova is a freelancer, but prior to that she worked for a firm in Berlin, Germany. The firm was planning to relocate her, but was going back and forth on it. Instead, Kanokova decided to place her future in her own hands and quit. Being a dedicated and skilled employee, she managed to maintain clout with her business network, which naturally followed her on this entrepreneurial journey.
This is a great lesson for us all. Whatever role or job you find yourself in do it well, because you are creating relationships that will last well beyond your current business title. From these relationships Kanokova has been able to bring to life her book This Year Will Be Different.
“This Year Will Be Different is a practical guide to learn about tips and tricks from great female entrepreneurs. It's filled with stories and interviews with women who are now making money as bloggers, designers, consultants, photographers and many other great professions.”
This is one of the first things that you will read on Monika Kanokova’s Kickstarter campaign page for her book This Year Will Be Different. Kanokova has endeavored to interview 23 women entrepreneurs to gather the essence of their stories and success. The interviews are in depth and fully transcribed. Some of the themes explored through these women are their varied backgrounds. This includes education and early pursuits, to finding their business ideas, to business model changes, to long-term goals and aspirations, to launching their businesses, to finding investors, to online presence and more.
To date, the book will have 24 chapters, each with a specific theme geared toward budding entrepreneurs and start-ups. One of Kanokova’s core beliefs is that success comes to those who give back. She expressed, “The people that are more successful than other people are those that share their story with others. If you share what you do people will come to you for this service.”
Backers can obtain a digital download compatible with Kindle and iPad of This Year Will Be Different for $10. For $20, you can receive a signed copy of the book, and for an additional $5 you can have your name added to the back of the book as a crowdfunding backer.
I have backed this project and am greatly anticipating the February arrival of my signed copy of This Year Will Be Different. After speaking with Monika Kanokova, my decision to back the project was validated.
One of the best ways to get your business out of a rut is to step back far enough so that you can see your world from a distance, and then compare it to that of someone else’s. We are all trying to put food on the table so to speak and we all have the same issues to overcome. ”Take the essence of others people’s stories and relate them to your personal problems—make it applicable,” says Kanokova.
We all love rags-to-riches stories, even though they are neither realistic nor representative, yet we get caught up in their allure. Real success stories take time and dedication. This Year Will Be Different steps through 23 women’s journeys from hobby to monetized success and that POPs!
Now it is up to you. Will this year be different?
Monika's Kickstarter Campaign