Fear – I guess this is a big one. Everyone who has ever tried something new has experienced fear. Everyone who has ever stepped out his or her comfort zone has felt scared. I believe maybe everyone who has started the entrepreneurial journey has experienced fears at one point or another.
I certainly know that I did. For a pretty long time. I was scared to start my own company. To start from scratch. To take full responsibility.
The fear to start
I guess the biggest fear I had was to actually start. It took me a while from deciding I would like to start my own company to actually start my own company. But it wasn’t done with that step. Having a company and still being full-time employed did simply not feel right. But with having done the step of picking a name, registering the company, having a website published I forced myself into getting real.
And while doing so I still scared. I am still am. Everyday is new adventure. But at some point my desire to work full-time on my dream was simply bigger than my fear. The desire and purpose simply overweight my fears. And then everything just happened…
Where the magic happens…
The magic does not happen in our comfort zones. It’s a cosy, beautiful place but to spark the magic we need to grow. This is what I truly believe. And starting from the moment I was totally bought into my idea the magic became feasible. The moment I was totally certain that I can do it, the fear backed off. The moment I was committed to this project and truly believed in myself other people started believing in me.
I mean, certainly the journey is still super fresh and there is still fear. And a lot of overwhelming but there is no more doubt on the big thing.
For me getting into action mode, which started right after full commitment there were simply no more room for too many fears. A bit of risk aversion and stuff is alright. And you certainly do not want to become blind for risks and errors and all this stuff. Simply to avoid massive failure. But with throwing yourself into action you can change fears into seizable risks. Those sizeable risks are manageable.
And I guess this is one of the most rewarding things just now. To know I am no longer hiding but am taking action. Taking full responsibility and continuously stepping out of my comfort zone.
The truth is I believe everything that scares us is a pretty good sign to have a closer look. Because if something can cause such a strong emotion like fear it might be a dream that is truly important to you.
Don’t give up! 🙂 When I can step up to my fears, you can too!
The title of today’s post is “10x and other books” because I want to talk about books. Books are an absolute essential tool on everybody’s journey – especially on the entrepreneurial one.
I think I have read more books or listened to Audiobooks in the last 2 years than at any other given time. I’m not talking about crime, thriller or other “novels” but rather I mean non-fiction books. Sales books, books about creating wealth. Books about building a business. About efficiency and productivity. About personality and motivation. The list is long… A couple of fiction books as well – when I needed a time out. But mainly non-fiction books.
A couple of you might think this is boring shit – then this is the right time to stop reading this post.
Why I believe books are an essential tool for an entrepreneur
Because you can find every information you need to know! In a super structured way. To every topic. Without searching for info and waisting too much time researching topics. Sure, sometimes you have to do your research and it’s then the right thing to do. But there are literally books for every topic. Some don’t even go out of style or out of date. Some stuff is still relevant from 100 years ago.
Hate reading? Take an Audiobook
Another reason is that you pretty often don’t even have to read it yourself. You can listen to Audiobooks – someone is read out to you. How amazing is this please? You can listen to the books when you commute, do the laundry, use the crosstrainer or cook.
Still to lazy? Listen to a summary
Some books you done even have to read as a whole as there are amazing summaries out there with some key points. I even have a couple of them on my blog here. Like the one from Brian Tracy “Eat the frog”. Summaries like this are amazing when you just need a fresh up or when you want to get an idea whether the book is “right” for you.
Some books are worth reading tho
A couple of books you still should read. Absolutely read. One of them is “The 10x Rule” by Grant Cardone! I am currently listening to this book for the second time as it is an amazing motivational kick. It challenges your thinking about goal setting, middle class and competition. And action! Massive action! 10x action!
I have published a summary of the book earlier this year (you can check the summary out here). But I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone who has a dream and wants to get shit done. Who wants to get real. Who wants to be a big player.
Find people who inspire you and get inspired regularly, then take action!
Another inspirational leader on my journey so far is Gary Vaynerchuk! I have read / listened to all his books – currently finishing the “Thank you Economy”. And he is the man for everyone who doesn’t mind cursing. Who wants something real. Who wants to get inspired by real hustle and swag. I would recommend you his YouTube Videos or Ted Talks. I would recommend you the USC 2015 Keynote speak. Here is the link.
In case you wondered why I have become slightly inactive on this page here are the reasons:
I got married
I founded my own company – whoop whoop
Exciting times and I want to share my entrepreneurial journey with you! So, please stay tuned and share with me what you want to know and what are you most interested in? I will have a think about the best format either by blog posts or videos or both …
In the meanwhile please feel free to check out my business page here. The company is called SalesTrainerIn and I help reduce the cost of wrong hiring decisions.
Success is your duty, your obligation AND your responsibility
Success is NEVER an OPTION! NEVER EVER!
There is no shortage of success
You want to cause things, you want to have an internal locus of control. You do NOT want things happen to you. Things happen because of you! You are not an victim of your circumstances. Take on full responsibility for your life, your decisions, your actions and the consequences
Middle-class and average thinking is NOT desirable you’d rather want to aim BIG, really Big! Unreasonable BIG!
Most people never operate on the biggest level of action
Obscurity is your biggest enemy. You do not want to compete. You want to dominate (the market, your industry)
People will call you obsessed, unreasonable, maniac – this is your goal
Embrace your Haters
Embrace criticism – your goal is to take massive action and to fight obscurity. Criticism is attention
NEVER contract, rather expand even more! Massively
Customer satisfaction must never be the most important goal for any organisation
Make your customers to fans and don’t stop
Study successful people and do what they do
Set massive goals, plan your day and have your goals ALWAYS in mind
Forget all your excuses
Reduce the time between having an idea or making a decision and ACTION! Do it immediately, massively
And remember, whatever you do – multiply it by 10!
I finished this audiobook yesterday and am obsessed! This book is absolutely worth reading and it’s absolutely worth your time! If you haven’t got your hands on it yet, please, do so. It’s a time investment you should take.
Everyone who wants to take massive action and wants to establish successful habits should read it immediately! And no, I don’t get paid for saying this! But I believe we have this community to grow together and this book helped me already growing and will further do. So, do yourself a favour and get your hands on it.