This is a special blog post for me as it represents my first real attempt at starting something new. It's something that I've been wanting to do for a while now but haven't quite figured out how to begin. The more I looked into it, the more I realized that there was a lot to learn, especially if I wanted to make the impact that I'm striving for.
Many of us have a desire to try something new but for some reason, the thought of criticism holds us back from jumping in the ring. It's like being a boxer that's afraid of being punched in the face right? That fear of being punched is what motivates you to train harder and longer. You want to step in the ring knowing that you are as best prepared for the fight as you can possibly be, you want to believe that you have done everything possible to become victorious because you want your career to start of on a winning streak. So you train, you research, you study and you put off getting in the ring out of fear of losing your first fight....
Out of all the disorders, anxiety affects the most. In the U.S. today, 40 million adults age 18 and above suffer with some form of anxiety but unfortunately only 36.9% ever receive treatment for it.
I have always suffered with social anxiety but I have also created many strategies to help mitigate its effect on my life from day-to-day. I've learned to live with it for the most part but there have been times in my life where the overwhelming feeling of anxiousness consumes me and leaves me struggling to catch my breath.
The worst attacks I have had has always been when I was presenting in front of people. You can now understand how the effects of my anxiety attacks has sabotaged my career during the most untimely moments of my life.
I'm happy to say that today however, I've almost entirely beat my anxiety as a result of creating a strategy that has helped me overcome my anxiety and no longer holds me hostage from doing the things that I want to do career wise. My...
I know what it’s like never having a father.
I know what it’s like being an only child.
I know what it’s like having a mother that suffered with drug addiction and alcoholism.
I know what it’s like being physically and mentally abused growing up as a child.
I know what it’s like sleeping in a women’s shelter because it wasn’t safe to stay at home.
I know what it’s like running from house to house in the projects buying drugs from one parent and selling to another at the age of 6 on a school night.
I know what it’s like getting beat up walking home from school every day. Sometimes I won, mostly I lost.
I know what it’s like watching what few friends I had participate in sports while I stayed home alone.
I know what it’s like having a shower while cockroaches fell from the curtains.
I know what it’s like seeing my mother beat up in front of me.
I know what it’s like moving out on my own at 15.
I know what...
Like you, I’ve always known that I wanted to start and own a business.
I have always fantasized about looking back from the future and being proud of my self-made achievements. It’s a guilty pleasure that I can afford today. I also imagine looking back and basking at the wonderful memories I have had with my kids, exposing them to the different sights, sounds and smells of different cultures in foreign lands (Big Mac in Egypt anyone?), and sharing with them the lessons I’ve learned in my life.
When it comes to knowing why I want to own my own business, I’m clear in my why. Are you?
Maybe you are fresh out of school and all you know is that you want to be stinking rich in as short amount of time as possible. There is nothing wrong with that so Godspeed. But I promise you, if you can discover why sooner rather than later, you will experience a fulfillment that otherwise will leave you wondering what is missing. Knowing what your why...
"Do...or do not. There is no try."
Sorry little dude, I couldn't disagree more.
In my opinion, trying something new has always been the catalyst to learning something new. If you are a believer in lifetime learning, then you should never refrain from trying something out.
Maybe you've heard the old saying " Variety is the spice of life." Trust me it's true. Trying new things creates variety and you will grow as a result. The only thing that is holding you back is staring right back at you in the mirror. You.
Trying new things will create opportunities where you never would have previously expected. You will be exposed to new ideologies, some of which may fundamentally change how you view yourself and the universe.
Trying new things will develop your courage. I have always viewed courage as a muscle that needs to be used as often as possible otherwise it will dwindle and we will shrink into the shadows never to experience life the way it could be. Dark, but it motivates me.