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Overcoming the Fear

The fear I’m referring to is the fear of self-emploment.  The time has come once again for me to take the plunge into entrepreneurship.  My new job has made it clear during the first weeks that they do not intend to allow me enough time to run my photography business while working for their company.

How do you know when it’s time to quit your day job and pursue your dream full-time?  The best answer I can offer is that it will never be easy, you just feel that it’s time.  You can spend countless time & energy preparing, weighing risk, planning marketing strategies, trying to save some extra money for cushion, etc.  I am starting to realize that the most important thing is to want you dream so badly that the risks no longer matter.  You simply must succeed.

I am no longer a wide-eyed, 18 year old artist with no fear and nothing to lose.  When you have a family, the risks are quite different.  My success or failure affects them as well.  This added dimension of responsibility can be daunting.  I am grateful that I have the full support of my other half.

I would like to quote a story I read in Napoleon Hill’s, Think and Grow Rich:

A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice–we win–or we perish! They won.

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaning that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.”

That helped me prepare for the unknown journey ahead.  Hopefully, it will help some of you…

~John

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