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Absolutely!

If you have an idea, that’s fantastic. On Friday night of the weekend, you’ll get a chance to pitch your idea to the group and recruit a team to make your idea a reality (check out the format here). But maybe you don’t have an idea. Maybe you just want to check out this whole ‘startup thing’. That’s great too!

Even if you don’t have an idea, you will have the opportunity to join a team formed around an idea that interests you. Sounds good? Good!

But maybe you are asking yourself ‘Am I ready?’ Maybe you are saying to yourself “Well, I’m not an entrepreneur or a business person,” or “I don’t know how to code, design or build websites,” or the classic “I don’t really have any ideas to pitch.”

These doubts are common and usually the real concerns behind these doubts are: 1) I am a novice, is it still really for me? 2) If I go and don’t know anything (or anybody), will everyone know that (and call me out as a fraud!)?

A big secret that entrepreneurs don’t often tell you is that every single entrepreneur, business owner and startup founder has, at some point, felt that they were not qualified, not prepared, and not ready to do what they wanted to do (and worried they’d be called out at any time as a “fraud”). This struggle defines the journey of every entrepreneur: overcoming anxiety, charting a course through haunting feelings of uncertainty, persevering in the face of self-doubt.

All entrepreneurs eventually learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable (at least most of the time), and for those that do, the rewards are immense: growth, fulfillment, self-actualization, the satisfaction that comes from building a team and the joy of turning something in your head into a real thing…

The journey is long, but it is, in the end, the reward.

Startup Weekend is designed to be a first step on that journey, the first chance to dip your toe in to the water of entrepreneurship and making your ideas happen. It is designed for EVERYONE to attend. Maybe you don’t code, design, or “have ideas” (though secretly everyone has ideas), that’s ok because there will be others there that do. Everyone has a skill that they will contribute to a team, whether its writing, leading, interviewing, cheerleading, pats on the back, drawing, researching or a plethora of other things needed for each team to succeed—everyone and anyone has something to contribute to a Startup Weekend team (and often times at Startup Weekend you’ll discover skills you never realized you had!).

If you have doubts about attending, you’re nervous and worried that you are “not ready,” maybe you have butterflies in your stomach. That’s the first sign you are on the right path.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Hope to see you at Startup Weekend!

This post was inspired by (and copied from) Andy Stoll‘s excellent post – Is Startup Weekend for me?: After hearing the question ‘Is Startup Weekend for me?’ over and over, he wanted to share his perspective. Andy is a serial social entrepreneur and co-founder of Seed Here StudioVault Coworking and Collaboration Space and The Iowa Startup Accelerator. He is also a global facilitator for Startup Weeeknd.

Saquib Kothawala