I love nature and always choose to live near a lake, pond or stream. What comes with that is nature’s creatures like squirrels, ducks, and my worst fear –lizards! My fear of them makes me search to find them before they sneak upon me. My imagination runs wild as I think of their creepy, crawley features that makes me real scared. Mind you, it has not happened but my fear, like Cusps, makes it real to me…yikes!
Aren’t we all afraid of something? We sure are. But what is fear? Why are we afraid?
FEAR is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
What is Your Biggest Fear as an Entrepreneur?
Daymond John asked the question of entrepreneurs “What is your biggest fear?” The answers varied but most common were:
- Getting taken advantage of by investors
- Going bankrupt
- Not getting a second chance
- Not being able to make ends meet
- Not making back the money put in
- Going out of business
Let’s face it…bad things happen. People disappoint. Businesses fail. But what is worse is if we never try at all. Many are the reports of individuals who attained success during the short term (as in technology), or over the long term.
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Whatever you do, take a chance. Go for it! Chase your dreams, goals, and aspirations even when you’re afraid….you never know.
People waste years trying not to waste hours, says author Michael Lewis.
Is being lazy a good thing? That’s what Michael Lewis said in this INC article why being lazy makes you successful. He postulated that being lazy is the key to Success. But is it for real? Lewis achieved much in life so I’d hardly say he was lazy.
However, what I’d say is that he focused on things that were in fact important, and did not spend time being busy… for busy sake.
Admit it…many of us are like that… especially the type A’s. If ever we find ourselves not doing anything we feel as guilty as ever. I have a colleague who broke her leg during a vcation trip and she found it like hell to be sitting in recovery…not being able to do the things she wanted to do.
So I encourage you the next time you find yourself being busy, it’s Prudent that you look around and ask the question, “is this adding value to my life…to my long term goals and dreams?”
If not, let it go. Refocus.
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Passport… a thing that ensures admission to or the achievement of something
Years ago when I managed the HR portfolio for a region of a major pharmaceutical international company, we sent managers to different countries worldwide. Once while in mid-air the laws changed in one country while a traveling manager was en route on business. Naturally stressed, the manager was detained by officials until we were able to sort out the ‘new’, yet needed requirements.
So it is with success. Life happens. Things change. It happens even while we are en route…in full pursuit. But I am here to tell you that things will sort themselves out if you keep going. If you never give up in spite of the obstacles that you may encounter while pursuing your dreams, goals, and aspirations.
Today, keep going…don’t stop.
“This is probably the advantge of being stupid. Stupid people just do. We tend to overthink. If we could eliminate the “over” and just think, then we could do too. Only we’d be smarter doers because we’d be thinkers”. – Sarah Strohmeyer
The difference between a stupid person and thinkers is that they don’t think. Like an Elixir, they just do. Thinkers rationalize this, then that, then the other… often with the result of getting nothing done (and by the way, no one is stupid. Some people just act without thinking).
Today, go make a Fortune. Stop OVER-thinking and just get it done. Whatever your ‘it’ is…Just do it.
Writers write for many different reasons. Never Meaningless, the reasons are specific to each writer. Naturally writing for Ordinary work as in preparing policies, reports, or memos differs from the writing writers do, which often is for their own satisfaction. Some writers write poetry. Some write short stories that ignite passion, joy, or pleasure as in fiction writers. Others write non-fiction sharing their own true stories, those of a loved one, or some about topics they care about as in Success. Whatever your reason for writing it makes sense to read a lot in order to write with finesse that satisfies yourself or your audience.
7 Books to Strengthen Writing
Here are 7 books that will help to strengthen your craft:
- Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
- Working People Talk About What They do All Day by Studs Terkel
- How Fiction Works by James Wood
- The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
- Kill All Your Darlings by Luc Sante
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
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After going through a stressful period in his life, Steve Jobs looked back and connected the dots. In his now famous commencement speech to the graduating class at Stanford University, he shared his experience when he accepted that the dots were Symptoms of good things that had happened along the way, and symptoms of great things to come in the future. Hardly anyone can disagree with the impact that the iphone has had worldwide. That said, the bad things propelled him to higher heights.
Today, if you are feeling the need for Acceptance after reflecting on what seems like your Minimal steps to progress, take heart. Boost your motivation and be inspired with these 3 lessons learnt as extracted from Minda Zetlin:
- Follow Your Heart and trust that it knows where it’s going
- The worst thing that could happen might turn out to be the best thing that could happen
- Don’t let anything drown out your inner voice
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