Who are you? What do you want to do in your life? What are you doing right now to get there? What is missing? Are you happy?
All of these answers can easily be answered by the one person who is probably holding you back, yourself.
When I listen to someone explain their dreams to me with such passion, I don’t understand why they stop at just explaining it. Whether they want to start their own business or simply go sky diving… there is always an excuse why they can’t do it. They don’t have the money or time, or it’s “too hard” to start your own business… too many risks. Yes, something like starting a business is risky, but if you don’t take that risk you will never succeed. Risk taking is what separates the most successful people in the world from those who don’t even try. You learn from taking risks. When you are creating yourself you take a risk at everything. If it goes bad, usually it’s just a minor setback and guess what? Now you know, now you wont make the same mistake.
John F. Kennedy said it best when he said “There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
Do you understand that saying? Look it up. For now, let me ask you… how fun are risk takers? Answer…. FREAKING FUN! I guarantee if you hang out with some of the world’s most popular entrepreneurs you will have a blast. Yes, they probably have a lot of money which makes your possibilities endless but even risky poor people are fun.
Here is an exercise for you. Go to Atlantic City and walk the boardwalk… Who are you more likely to give spare change to? A homeless guy sitting on the ground with a sign saying spare change? Or a homeless guy jamming out on a couple five gallon buckets?
As you think about that… can you tell me which one is the risk taker and which one is the average homeless joe shmo?
Also, which one do you think has more money in his jar? Which one do you think is happier?
Getting back to rich entrepreneurs… yes these are the people who created themselves, who took risks, who constantly think outside the box and break the rules. Little hint, surround yourself with these types of people. I’m not saying rich people, I’m saying confident risk takers who want to better themselves. They will push you to succeed and create what you want to be. Plus, they are fun people!
On that note, I leave you with a quote. “I think entrepreneurship is our natural state – a big adult word that probably boils down to something much more obvious like playfulness.”
- Richard Branson