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Business Challenges: Let’s do it together

Tue, 04 November 2014

Contributed by Shell LiveWIRE Winner and Office Pantry co-founder, Giles Mitchell
All of the greats throughout history have achieved much with a team around them. From Everest’s first conquerors to Pythagoras’s theorem, everyone needs a little help. When I sold my first sweet out of a tuck box at school (alongside my best friend at the time), I was amazed by the simplicity of it. This could have had something to do with the fact that I was rather young back then, and our biggest challenge was probably not actually eating the sweets that we bought. However the opportunity to put some pennies in our pockets by buying something from place A, before taking the product to, and selling at place B, was so simple that it put two great big smiles on our then stubble-free faces.
Now, I like to think that I have grown up a little since those penny-celebrating days. Judging by the fact that I now have to cook my own food, wash my own clothes and that I even turned down the offer of a jelly bean yesterday, it is becoming more and more apparent that this must be the case. However it is not the fundamentals of business that have changed in the last ten years, but me, and I am sure I am not alone in believing that.
So for those of you who are mulling over whether or not to take the leap of faith and venture out into the unknown, perhaps because you are worried about the complexity of the challenge ahead, or perhaps because you are apprehensive about the path not taken, you must be prepared to tackle the biggest challenge of them all – doing it.
One of the best choices that I have made was to make sure that when I did, I did not go it alone. Everyone has his or her character faults after all, and I like to see each personality ‘quirk’ as being like a jigsaw piece. In the end, no matter how many quirks you have, it can never produce a complete picture without complement. Now, I am forever in awe of those that do manage to run a business alone, but when I look at the greats of our generation I am comforted by the foundation of their achievements. Apple had Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne and Steve Wozniak, Google had Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Innocent had Adam Balon, Richard Reed and Jon Wright behind them after all. They prove that no matter how complex the idea, teams really are at the heart of success. They simplify any problem with the plethora of skills that are within them and ultimately give the business more resource to get things done.
Within that environment, every time you think you have reached your capacity to meet a challenge, you can look to the rest of your team and you will be reminded that your capacity may well be limitless. This is your time to solve a problem, and although it may be hard, you can achieve something great and reach for the stars.

About Giles Mitchell (Co-founder of Office Pantry)

Giles Mitchell is the Co-founder of Office Pantry, a snack company born out of a hungry idea. Office Pantry delivers British snacks to offices and homes nationwide, and is on a mission to fill the awkward gaps. Giles won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award in February 2014 and was on the 2014 Hot 48 Shortlist for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
You can follow him on Twitter @OfficePantry



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