There I was, a young kid in the middle of a huge crowd with all eyes on me, I was so nervous and the people behind me pushing and trying to rush me didn’t help either.
There were so many thoughts going through my mind as I stood on top of the pool’s diving board. This was my first time so many of the other kids encouraged me but I eventually decided not to jump. As I turned and walked away in fear, the disappointment in myself bothered me so much, that I just sat on a chair and watched everyone else enjoying themselves with no problem.
It wasn’t until 8 years later that I would make my first dive into the deep end, but that only happened because something important had fallen in. Somehow I forgot about everything that I was afraid of and just jumped in. After I came out of the pool I realized that I never had anything to be afraid of in the first place.
So many people talk to me about great ideas that they have or a business that they want to start but everything they say after that reminds me of that little scared kid on the diving board. Just like my past, the worst part for many is that their fear makes them walk away from their dreams and ideas in shame and they end up sitting on the sidelines watching other people going for what they want.
If you have an idea or a business that you want to pursue here are a few things I would recommend:
Find a deep motivator that you care about – all great accomplishments start with a strong why, something that is important enough to motivate you to take action even when it seems scary.
Come up with a trial strategy – I say trial because no plan ever works exactly like you planned it, so don’t be so hard on yourself and plan to adjust your strategy often until you find what works best for your specific situation. (Remember trial is designed to test an idea and gather information not to bring immediate success).
Hire to fill your weaknesses – you won’t be good at everything so hire help or invest in trainings to improve in that area. (Hint: sometimes you can partner with someone to split the profits of the business if their skills fill in a gap and help the business be successful).
Know that it’s all upside – many people don’t realize that; if you seriously start a business you will develop skills that every company is looking for in their employees. One of my business ideas that didn’t pan out helped me develop the skills I needed to earn a job promotion with a 20% salary increase. Don’t be afraid because either way you will win with a successful business or you win by becoming a more successful employee. Not doing anything will only leave you with regrets and what ifs.
At the TLTurner Group, we support small business owners and entrepreneurs because we hate to see you or anyone you know sit on great ideas that could very likely change your life. For more tips, ideas and encouragement to make the move for your best interest follow our blog 60secondmoney and the podcast 60secondmoney (apple, Soundcloud, Stitch). We guarantee you will find something beneficial for you.