It’s crazy that it’s already been 3 months. Between meeting new people, working on my business, hiking and exploring Hungary, the time has just flown. I’m already halfway through my exchange of 6 months and it feels like I’ve only just begun.

Back in February, I thought I had it all worked out. I was going to work on my business every day and hit the ground running. I had my idea, I had a plan and I was ready to execute it. These past few months of working with my host Daniel however, have really shown me that there are still so many more missing pieces to the puzzle of building my business.

I thought that the problem I was aiming to solve was the issue of making money as a content creator, but in fact, the biggest problem they face is growing a sustainable community. This was a huge shift in my original direction and while I saw it as a setback, Daniel helped me to see that it’s all part of the journey. I used to think that being an entrepreneur was about reaching the end goal, but it’s not. It’s about embracing the journey; learning to fail, overcoming difficulties and the personal development that continually challenges your views.

Daniel keeps me challenged with developing and refining processes in his startups and marketing strategies. In the past few months, I have grown as an entrepreneur exponentially. I pushed myself to give a 6 minute business pitch to a zoom call of 60 people. I’ve started running and leading regular events to build up my own authority and the awareness of my community. I’ve developed new skills in web design to optimise my old website and draw in the right audience for my business. I’m regularly expanding my networks and reaching out to new people to find common mutual interests. I’m building up my social proof by monetising my existing gaming community and recording my processes, so that I can provide real value to my mastermind community when it launches.

Even with the shift in my direction and the additional steps in re-developing my current gaming community, I am determined to successfully launch my mastermind before the end of my exchange. In the coming months with Daniel, I plan to develop my lead generation process. I’ll build up a new additional community that provides actionable value for gaming content creators. I plan to host free workshops and build up my experience, while using the feedback and content to flesh out my mastermind. Then when it’s ready to launch, I’ll start a large marketing campaign using livestreaming and social media to start making sales.

Will it go exactly as I plan? Honestly, I don’t know, but I’m ready to embrace the hurdles and the challenges to come. Every day that I work with Daniel, another puzzle piece gets added to the pile and I’m excited to see how this picture takes shape.