Growing up I was always advised to be cautious or “play it safe” if you will. I have since come to realize that this is the worst advice you can give an Â individual looking to accomplish great things in their lives.
Far too often human beings can be governed by fear which is the number one “dream killer” in my opinion. I have come to realize fear represents great opportunity!
When I was making the decision to start my company I had two things to consider:
1) Do I “bring it along on the side” while I continue in my current career?
2) Leave my comfort zone (career) and commit 100% to my new company?
Option 1 was the easier of the two, no question, however it presented its own challenges as well:
– I would only be able to invest one third of the time toward building my company.
– It would make it too easy to give up.
– How am I going to focus on continuing to perform in my current career while needing to focus on performing in my new company?
When I considered option 2 I also recognized the challenges I would face:
– What if I don’t start to generate revenue right away?
– What if it doesn’t work and I end up leaving a great position I currently have?
– How do I know I can do this?
These are all valid questions!
It was then a light bulb went off for me. While I was selling cars at the age of 22 I had saved up enough money to buy my first condo. When I finally bought the unit immediately I was reminded that I am a commissioned salesperson, with no guaranteed income. I now was responsible for $2500/ month in living expenses and could not afford to have an off month.
That was one of the first times I felt this “dream killing” fear I speak of. What I did was I made a decision that I would not be defeated and I used that “fear” as energy to increase my performance. Each month I knew the bills that were coming and I started to perform at a level where I had them covered by the 10th of the month. I actually doubled my income after I moved into that condo which reminded me how the pressure of that situation delivered me prosperity.
What it came down to was a decision. You have heard it before “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”
Fact of the matter is you will never know what you are capable of until your back is against the wall.
In case you are wondering I chose option #2.
I started my company in the midst of a recession one day after I signed the papers to the biggest mortgage I had ever had in my life. My friends and family thought I was crazy and strongly advised against my decision while providing me their “comfort advice.” I responded to their advice with “comfort is next to apathy and apathy is next to death”
When a decision is made to become great where there is a lot of “pressure” involved, use that pressure as fuel while remaining focused on your goal and I guarantee you will achieve “prosperity.”
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