November 21, 2017 jessekerema

If you want to move forward, you need to start taking ownership for everything that happens in your life. You have to stop blaming other people and put it back on yourself. Whatever happens to you is ALWAYS your fault. Over the past year, I’ve made a habit out of putting the blame back on myself when things don’t go as planned. The improvements and progress I have seen over this period have been huge! By taking responsibly, I’m able to better analyse the outcome and learn from my failures. It allows you to ask ‘What can I do differently…

November 20, 2017 jessekerema 3Comment

If you’re one of those people who are really active in creating their own content but never take the time to start a conversation, it’s time to make a change. You know the kind. Never engaging with their audience other than a simple ‘like’ on posts. Just liking everything in their Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Medium feed in the hopes that people will follow them and never moving to a level of actually starting a conversation. Sound familiar? If it’s you, it stops today. I want to touch on one of the most important aspects on starting a new business…

November 19, 2017 jessekerema 4Comment

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a little while and I’ve briefly touched on it in the past with my story about sacrifice, but I think it’s time to really focus on the truth about chasing your goals and being 100% in. I’ve been speaking to a couple of people over the past week about this topic and it’s been really interesting to find their perspective on the subject and here’s mine. Social Life You cannot expect to reach your goals if you continue to have a social life. There I said it. If you think for one second…

November 18, 2017 jessekerema 4Comment

I’m interested to find out how people are planning out their goals and to what extent they break them down too. When planning a goal I think it’s critical that you have one main goal. This goal is the one thing you want to achieve. Then you break it down into baby steps that are more manageable. Here’s how broken down my goals are: Main goal 5 year goals 3 year goals Yearly goals Quaterly goals Monthly goals Weekly goals Daily goals All of these stages get me a little bit closer and as you get further down the chain…

November 17, 2017 jessekerema 4Comment

Because you don’t. If you’re working towards your goals. I mean seriously working towards them. It’s more than likely that you’re working 7 days a week for up to 17-18 hours per day and yeah, it gets very tiring. If you’re not looking after yourself, you’ll crash, burn and spend a couple of days in bed. But you know what’s more tiring? Playing catch-up. When I started this blog, I slowly began to see an increase in traffic. Things were starting to take off but then OAKTRAV needed my full attention. So, I stopped blogging for two months. You know…

November 16, 2017 jessekerema 2Comment

What’s the most important thing you’ve ever learnt? Think really hard. It could be what you learnt in school, although I highly doubt it. Or is it how to start up a business? Maybe it’s how to stick to a plan and avoid procrastination. I’ve learnt a lot of lessons this year. Hard one’s. Like the need to get rid of toxic people and the importance of learning to say ‘no’ – even if it’s your family! But these don’t even come close to what I think is the number one thing that everyone needs to learn. So here it…

November 15, 2017 jessekerema

Competitors pop up everywhere. Just when you think you’ve found them all, you find another one. Stop getting the feeling like your business is over every time you find one! Back when we first had the idea for OAKTRAV, we scoured the internet for possible competitors. We found two and we thought we’d found them all. Naively stopping our search there. Over the course of the year, we’ve been exposed to an additional 13 and every single time we found one I took it a little to close to heart. I felt threatened and immediately began deconstructing each business. Being…

November 14, 2017 jessekerema 4Comment

Imagine being the kind of person who thinks they can put 50% effort in and be entitled to whatever they were working for. The moment you deserve something will be the moment you get it. While you’re working towards your goals be prepared to be humiliated all along the way. I don’t mean humiliated as in people yelling insults at you from across the street or people picking on you in front of others. It’s a much more subtle form of humiliation. Completely exposing yourself for little or no return. Putting hours and hours into your work, every day, is…

November 13, 2017 jessekerema 8Comment

‘TGIF!’ One of the most commonly used phrases I see plastered on all social media platforms when the ‘weekend’ comes around. What follows next? An influx of Snapchats of people partying, drinking, relaxing or holidaying. These are coming from the same people who are trying to tell me they’re starting a new business or saving towards buying a house. So how serious are they?  NOT ONE BIT! If you’re working for the weekend then you need to change your job. You should never feel a sense of relief once Friday comes around. I don’t look forward to any specific weekday….

November 12, 2017 jessekerema

A question I’ve been battling with lately is ‘Should I perfect OAKTRAV’s current features or introduce new ones?’. Since we’re only a new product, we could benefit from either option. I think if you’re a new product, it’s important to consider the following to help you decide which option should be chosen. Choosing the right way to go about a product, especially a web based product, is critical to the success of the business. One option has more of a chance of failure than the other. If you decide to go down the path of adding on new features at…