Joel Rekiel

 

Co-Founder of BLDGBLKS Music Company

1. What did or does starting look like for you?

It's a leap of faith, just believe that you can and you will. Starting something new is exciting, I've always been the type to take a risk or accept a challenge. If you fail the first time, you learn from your mistakes and try again. You're your own worst critic. It doesn't matter what other people think. They'll likely respect you more for making the attempt rather than making excuses.

2. How did you know you needed to start?

I knew I had to start because I wasn't happy where I was. I wanted something more. I didn't want to look back at my life and have regrets for not trying something new. No one can predict the future, it's up to you to determine where you want to be and go for it.

3. Looking back, what struggle are you most grateful for?

I'm most grateful for having to sleep on a couch for a year until I could afford to pay rent. Luckily, I have a great friend who was willing to let me crash on the couch while trying to start a new business. I had to stay up late and wake up early every day because I was on someone else's schedule. I'm also grateful for friends who were encouraging me to push forward and motivating me to keep going when things were hard. When you feel like you're at the lowest of lows every little step forward is a reward. Every challenge is a building block.

4. What’s one resource you would share with someone who is wanting to start?

Ask people for help. The worst someone will say is no, but if you just ask, people are generally willing to offer advice and tell you what they've learned along the way. Learn from your own and other's mistakes. I recently heard a great quote that really resonated with me, "Greatness does not mean what it is that you accomplish, it means what it is that you wake up every day and fight for." - Saul Blinkoff If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to make it happen.