Entrepreneurs change the world. It is more than what this sentence can tell. And because of this, there are a lot of things that one needs to muster to be able to do his thing as a real entrepreneur.
These are the things that I admire about entrepreneurs. Let me share just one thing today – COURAGE.
I salute entrepreneurs in their courage to do things that not everyone or most people are doing.
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This November, I embarked on the so-called entrepreneurial journey. If you ask me how I feel, it is a mix of excitement and fear.
Yes, fear. This does not even include how I somehow miss the people I used to work with, the office atmosphere, perhaps the corporate setup, and yes – the 15-30 paycheck. There is fear because I am now venturing into something that is unfamiliar and that I am leaping into the unknown.
It is only now that I appreciate how courageous entrepreneurs are – in its real sense. Really.
You need courage to be able to venture into something that is unfamiliar. You need courage to be able to leap into the unknown. You need courage to finally take that first step.
Now I understand why Bo Sanchez calls this zone outside your comfort zone as the courage zone. And when you are finally taking that entrepreneurial venture, you are moving into your courage zone – outside your comfort zone as an employee. You need courage to step into your courage zone. That’s why it’s called courage zone.
Let me elaborate as I’d borrow Jomar Hilario’s formula or definition of courage.
Courage, he said, is doubt plus action and commitment. I like how he puts it.
If I may interpret it, it is taking action in the midst of doubt and being committed in the process.
Entrepreneurs have this very important ingredient of success.
Entrepreneurs have the courage. And if you want to take the entrepreneurial journey and succeed, you need to take courage and do your thing.
Today, take courage. You ought to act amidst the doubt, amidst the unfamiliarity, amidst the fear.
Tanya Prive, a contributor in forbes.com, said in her article Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By, “Starting a company is a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows, but one thing that always helps me through the ups and downs is to connect with some of the greatest minds.”
She shares a quote from Steve Jobs that I love – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Here’s another from Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Finally, from Vince Lombardi, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
That is. And if we try to look at the commonality – there is the ingredient of courage.
If you want to achieve what you want, then be courageous to pursue it. As Bo Sanchez would say, “Everything you want is found in your courage zone.”
Yes, you and I are invited to live in our courage zones. To sail. To explore. To dream. To discover. To take courage.
You may be starting as an entrepreneur, as a freelancer, or even working as an employee – you and I are invited to have that key ingredient to success.
You and I are called to have that courage. Just do it afraid.
Have that courage to take that step and get ahead.
Live your life, young mind.
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