“From Struggle to Success” Once upon a time
Once upon a time there was a startup, which wanted to change the world. It wanted to tell powerful stories that engage and inspire, and grow people on the way. The road wasn’t easy and a lot of obstacles were expecting them. One day the efforts paid off. The dream was close.
This article will introduce to you a person that knows how to tell great stories. His name is Stoyan Yankov and he is a co-founder of Level Up Pictures ( http://leveluppictures.com/).
- What is your idea/ business about?
We at Level Up Pictures produce high-end videos with powerful stories. We grow together with our clients and partners.
- How the idea was born?
I met with my long time friend Thomas-Bo Huusmann and we together came up with the idea of making a company where everybody is doing what he is passionate about, where we produce the coolest videos, and help our clients grow their businesses, where we do what we love and always strive for even better works. And of course, remember to have fun.
Combining Thomas-Bo’s experience from the world of animation and mine as an overall film-maker, we had a good base to begin with.
- Tell me about yourself and your team?
I am a film-maker and a storyteller with a business background.
We have a small core team and a large network of top freelancing professionals. I believe one of the prerequisites to success is to surround you with a strong team of people with diverse skill set – people with similar energy, vibe and motivation, but with capabilities different from yours. In that way, you can always cover each other and grow together. And I am exclusively happy to be surrounded by such people in Level Up!
- What are the main struggles that you have experienced?
Building a company requires a lot of patience, dedication and countless hours of hard work. What people see on the surface is the just the tip of the iceberg. That’s why it is important to work with people that share your vision and value system. So that when things get tough you support each other and go through the difficulties together. As we have already been in business we didn’t have that many struggles with Level Up. But as every business it hasn’t been a flat journey anyhow.
- How did you solve your problems?
There’s a great quote by William Shed: “A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for”.
If you are ambitious and dream big, there will be lots of challenges occuring. It’s part of the game. The key is – anytime there’s one to see it as nothing, but an opportunity for growth, as a learning lesson, as your next step to greatness. Business is unpredictable and we can’t control everything, but we can decide how to respond to it. Are we gonna sit down, point fingers and complaint? Or are we gonna make a move, step up and find a great solution! I think it’s much more of a mental game.
- If you had a chance what would you do in differently?
I believe in strategic planning and I think I would have been even more focused on the vital few activities. And I think everybody who is starting a company should continuously ask themselves: What are the few things I need to get done to move forward towards my long term business goals?
The good old – Pareto rule: What are the 20% of the things that will produce us 80% of the results?
Other than that – I think it’s been a great journey and I wouldn’t change anything.
- What was the best advice you got and what was the worst?
One of the best advices I have got is to model the people who are already successful in what I want to do. To find role models and not necessarily follow them blindly, but get inspired and do the things they have done. Learn the lessons from their failures and successes. We have been continuously looking for advice from great people and that saved us a lot of headaches. I can’t think of a worse advice, but if I have to improvise it would be perhaps if somebody tells me “Don’t do that. Go find a safe job… etc etc”.
I think life is about following you passions, living your own legend, doing what you love and making a difference.
- What will be your advice to the other entrepreneurs?
Do what you love, dream big, follow your guts and don’t be afraid to fail!
Always give it 150% of you and think first about how to create more value to serve your clients. Success will follow!
Another interesting thing about Stoyan Yankov is that he is Productivity Coach and Keynote Speaker. If you want to learn more about the company, you are more than welcome to contact them at: email@example.com or check our website: leveluppictures.com
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July 22, 2016