I was reading my daily list of sites and a post caught my eye. It was 9 quotes by Will Smith. The first quote was:
Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.
Why did this catch my eye? I read this on a Tuesday and on Wednesday I was going somewhere with my son who wanted to zipline. Me being the baby I am, am completely terrified of heights. However, he wanted to zipline and I love doing things with my kids so I agreed to do it. I could not let my fear ruin his enjoyment. In my head, I just kept thinking of this quote and it really stood out. As I leaned off the edge of the platform and looked down at the alligators I would be soaring above, I just let go. No fear, its not real dammit… Next thing I remember was just soaring down the zipline and having a great time. The question is, can I conquer my next fear which would be jumping from a perfectly good plane.
I think with business, this same thinking comes into play. Lets say you are doing your first startup but also working a 9-5 job. It can be quite scary walking from the safety net of the 9-5 but don’t let the fear get in your way. The danger of not paying your bills is a real danger but the fear of not being able to make it is not. They should be treated differently and not combined. Next blog post I will break the two down.
Thanks for reading, be good to yourself and each other!