Every Monday we share the best guide’s, tips and advice on starting a business.
This week, we have two really great articles:
- Breaking Free of Fear – How to deal with fear when starting and running a business.
- 12 Inspiring Quotes From Rock Icon Tom Petty – a look into the music icon’s music and his inspiration.
Breaking Free of Fear
You became an entrepreneur because you have something great within you that you want to share with the world. Far too often, however, this little sneaky devil called “fear” gets in the way. Fear cripples. It steals. It lies. Fear is the worst epidemic of our time. The worst part? Fear takes its toll ever so slowly, ever so gently.
What can you do about it? How can you beat fear? Today, I’m going to share a nonconventional way to winning fear. It’s not just about positivity. It might feel uncomfortable. It might seem unusual. But at the end of the day, I know you’re looking for results. What do you have to lose?
Fear’s greatest goal.
Fear is totally content with keeping you stuck. That’s its goal. Fear freezes. If all fear did was keep you from moving, it would laugh at you the rest of your life. The key is finding a way to get unstuck. To unfreeze. To move.
What fear fears.
You can’t remove the fear with positive thinking, wish it away or pretend it doesn’t exist. Try this: Find a fear that’s bigger and meaner than your current rear. You can recognize the fear that comes when you think about taking a certain action. But also uncover the fear that would happen if you didn’t take action.
My own fear story.
I was born with the entrepreneurial fire in my belly. I was a horrible employee. It’s not that I didn’t work my ass off, but I had to do things my way (even if that meant bending or breaking the established rules). I dreamed of working for myself. But I had one big problem: Being an employee meant security. I had a massive fear of quitting my steady job. I feared losing the stability of my 9-to-5 gig.
My fear took many forms:
- Uncertainty. I didn’t know what would happen if I worked for myself.
- Finances. What if I didn’t make enough money?
- Loneliness. What if I had to work by myself for a while?
- Self-sabotage. What if I don’t know enough or wasn’t good enough to start my own thing?
The one thing worse than my fear.
With fears this large, it’s no wonder many of us stay stuck. How do you get unstuck? I was told for years that I needed to have a big purpose — something positive to pull me toward my goal and eat away the negative. All of that is useful. It made me get closer and closer to living the life I wanted to live. And it helped me feel better about myself to make it happen. But it’s not complete. I couldn’t pull the trigger until I came across the one thing that changed everything: a bigger fear.
The bigger fear.
I thought about how life would look if I didn’t pursue what I wanted. How would I view myself in, say, 10 years if I didn’t take a risk? What if I didn’t take a chance?
Instead of feeling good, I sensed a new kind of fear settling in. A heavier fear. I feared mediocrity and feeling suffocated. Or worse — I feared that my white-hot desire for greatness would dim or die. I hated the experience. But this bigger fear swallowed my smaller worries. I quit my job. I started working for myself. I took the required action.
The bigger fear in action.
I recently attended an event that featured “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec as the keynote speaker. I’ve always wanted to meet him. After his speech, I found myself out of my seat and peeking backstage — totally against the rules. My fear of getting into trouble kept me from crossing the threshold. As I turned to head back to my seat, the bigger fear hit me. When would I have another chance to meet Robert Herjavec? I feared the massive regret I would feel if I didn’t at least try. I’d rather get turned away than wonder “what if?” So I walked backstage and acted as if I belonged there. I said hello and even got a picture.
Beating fear at its own game.
You miss every shot you don’t take. Whether it’s starting your own business, asking for that big sale or even asking a girl out on a date, remember that cheating yourself out of the opportunity is far worse than taking the risk. As I explain in my book, “Fish Out of Water,” the discomfort that comes with potential rejection is better than the regret you’ll experience if you don’t try.
When the fear of taking action freezes you, find a bigger fear to swallow the smaller fear. Win fear by beating it at its own game. Get doing what you know you were born to do. The rest of us are counting on it.
On – 02 Oct, 2017 By Calvin Wayman
12 Inspiring Quotes From Rock Icon Tom Petty
Leaving a major footprint in the music industry, legendary rock icon Tom Petty passed away on Oct. 2. As the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a solo artist and even and actor and radio host, Petty was a major influence in both the rock and entertainment worlds.
He wooed people with his soft, pleasant voice on hit songs such as “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin’.” His 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and three solo albums topped Billboard charts and many became gold and platinum records. In 1988, Petty joined fellow musicians Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which released two studio albums. The band was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
However, his accomplishments go beyond the recording studio. Petty also got his feet wet in front of the camera, making an appearance in 1987 comedy Made in Heaven and in the 1997 film The Postman starring Kevin Costner. He also launched his own Sirius XM radio show, “Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure,” in 2005.
With a four-decade-long music career, Petty’s reputation stands strong. In fact, just this year, The Heartbreakers wrapped up its final tour celebrating their 40th anniversary.
While the public responds to the 66-year-old’s sudden passing, fellow rock and roll star Dylan told Rolling Stone, “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend and I’ll never forget him.”
To remember the rock legend, here are 12 Tom Petty quotes.
“I got just one life in a world that keeps on pushin’ me around. But I stand my ground and I won’t back down.”
“Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.”
“If you’re phony, they will feel it in the farthest row of the arena. You have to really care. And you have to make yourself care time and time again.”
“I like to be an optimist, but I like to be a realist, too.”
“Baby even the losers get lucky sometimes.”
“Some say life will beat you down. Break your heart, steal your crown. So I’ve started out for God knows where, I guess I’ll know when I get there.”
“Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks.”
“The only good thing about getting older is you get smart enough to avoid unnecessary problems. You know what’s worth spending time on and what’s not. If I had known that at 20, life would have been so much easier, but you have to experience all these things so you figure out how to find your way through the woods.”
“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you’ll be a happy person.”
“Music is probably the one real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
“Time to move on, time to get going. What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing.”
“You belong somewhere you feel free.”
On – 03 Oct, 2017 By Rose Leadem