5 Questions to Assess Your Fear of Failure

Can questions to yourself help you overcome your fears of failure? YES…

..and the reason why is that asking your self the right questions can lead to a healthier and more productive way of thinking. A common theme you will find in people managing their careers, is that they manage the downside versus the upside of their decisions which we will discuss more fully on my next blog post.  Terri Cole – CEO, Live Fearless and Free; transformation coach and licensed therapist, shared an interesting write upon the topic of  Reframing Your Fear of Failure.

She raised a very powerful revelation:  Fear of failure has one thing in common with all of our other fears.  It is a feeling and not a fact.  Isn’t this empowering? It is saying that our biggest fears comes from what we feel will possibly happen to us in the future. We don’t fear what we experience today, because we are experiencing it. Reality always takes over from fear. Because we are there and dealing with it.

We find problems we fear are always less than what we actually experience should that fear materialize.

Terri raised 5 questions to help us better rationalize our fears, modify our thinking about a problem and actually deal with a more realistic assessment of risks.

1.  How is your fear of failure holding you back?
2. What would life be like if you did not have this fear?
3. Who are you afraid of disappointing if you fail?
4. How strong is your desire to release this fear?
5. If there were one step you could take to overcome this fear, what would it be?

Action of the Day
Go through these 5 questions. Be really honest with yourself.  Your ability to pursue your ultimate career objectives are most likely dependent on your ability to address any fears of failure you have.  I found these questions exhilarating and reinforcing my desire to manage the upside of opportunities versus the downside of risk taking.

Quote of the Day
” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”      Eleanor Roosevelt….famous first lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

It would be great if you could share your thoughts:  What ways to deal with fear has worked for you? 

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Am I an Entrepreneur? It doesn’t Matter

Entrepreneurs are critical to the success of our economy by bearing the financial risks to drive innovation and value to their customers.  We salute them.


Are there shades of grey in being an Entrepreneur or is it black and white?  Can you be employed by others but still bring significant value to your company?   If your employer fails, you typically simply move on taking on the risk of lost income, not loss net worth.  However, what if you started to think like an entrepreneur where you are currently employed. Deborah Bailey wrote an interesting article to reflect this concept titled Become a Star Employee by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur.  There are several key take aways:

Your Attitude
Entrepreneurs start out with a vision of what they want to create, whether it is a product or a service. As an employee, your vision is just as important. The good news is that you have 100% control of this

Be Creative
Another trait of entrepreneurs is the ability to find creative ways to get things done. You also  have 100% control of this. Entrepreneurs must think creatively even in their sleep.  If you only do so during your waking hours, you are ahead of a majority of others.  If your employer goes out of its way to keep your creativity at bay, pick your battles.  If possible, find a new manager more responsive to new ideas. Believe it or not, they are there waiting for you!!!

Keep an Open Mind
A most important trait of entrepreneurs is the ability to learn new information and to continue to adapt.  Guess what, you have 100% control of this as well.  Many people find themselves doing the same type of responsibilities for years and get comfortable. Are you in this situation? If so, find a new set where you are more on the edge. It will reawaken your thought processes and clear your mind for new approaches and opportunities.

Thinking like an entrepreneur will ensure you will increase your value to your employer. With this brings increased opportunities, greater income potential and a life filled more with excitement.

ACTION FOR THE DAY
Imagine receiving an unexpected letter in the mail. You open it up and it declares that you are the new owner of the company you currently work for.  You have been given authority to make changes in the way your company earns revenue or manages its costs. Take a look at your roles and responsibilities in your current position.   Identify 3 ideas to accomplish your responsibilities in a faster and/or more efficient way.  How would you run your newly found company with a positive attitude, creative approach and keeping an open mind?  Who would you want to talk to in your company to implement these ideas?

Quote of the Day
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!! – Goethe


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Top 3 Reasons You Want to be from a Dysfunctional Family

Did you grow up in an emotionally unstable family situation? Maybe you didn’t even have a family.  You could be that one in five person who seems to attract strange and potentially abusive people into your lives.  For some, going to sleep equates to a temporary escape into a more peaceful world.

I wanted to share a fascinating blog by Steve Blank, titled, “Dysfunctional Family, you would make a great entrepreneur”  The skills you possess from these kind of experiences could give you an upper hand in today’s chaotic economy and even more effectively prepare you for the successful life of an entrepreneur.

Let’s get to the Top 3 Reasons you would want to grow up in a dysfunctional Family

YOU ARE WIRED FOR CHAOS
If that is not a competitive advantage in today’s wild global economy, I don’t know what is. People spend well over $200,000 for their college education and still cannot survive in a chaotic environment.

YOU KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Lucky you. And you thought you were cursed to need to be around people who seem to have personality disorders. Guess what, those raised in a sheltered life of stable emotionally mature people have some huge surprises in store for them.

YOU DON’T GIVE UP
Has everything you accomplished in your life so far resulted from someone giving it to you on a silver platter?   While there might have been some days you felt like throwing in the towel, you never gave up. You are still standing and ready for the next challenge.

If you took a survey of all those you believe are successful due to their own efforts and creativity, I am confident you will find they all possess the above qualities. I bet many of you have them too and not aware of it.

EMBRACE YOUR DYSFUNCTIONAL PAST….You are more setup for future success than you thought!!!

Action for the Day: Think of a very challenging emotional experience in your past.  No one would naturally choose to have had hard and emotionally difficult life experience. But the reality is that we all have experience something unpleasant because life is unpredictable.  How can you frame that experience in a way that it actually helped you to be a stronger person and deal with life’s uncertainties in a more effective way?

Quote of the Day:   People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” — Harvey Mackay: Best-selling business author, columnist & speaker

Career Path vs. Hobby

Can you make something you really enjoy doing as a HOBBY your CAREER PATH?

Let’s take photography. That can be fun. Who hasn’t experienced capturing the worlds best photo and feeling really good about it.

Photo by Graur Razvan Ionut.

Hey, wouldn’t it be great if someone paid me to do what I like to do? But converting a hobby into a money making venture can be a potential rude awakening.  Do you have the knowledge and capabilities today to begin the transition from your current career path?

An interesting article in STARTUP NATION addresses topics for converting your hobby into a business. http://www.startupnation.com/business-articles/1180/1/AT_Turning-Hobby-Into-Business.asp.   Key concepts:

1) Focus on the Prize.   Keep your focus and patience. The prize of doing what you love and generating an income over the long term must be high enough to develop and implement a plan over time.

2) Validate your Hobby can be a viable Business. Just because you can bake eggplant in 35 delicious and unique ways, does not mean there are enough people interested in your product and service.  Investigate. Use Google Search, Ebay, Craigslist. Do you see any competition? No competition, means you will have a nice long road ahead to create a market for your hobby.

3) Evaluate Yourself Realistically. Are you skilled enough at this hobby that other people actually will pay you for your service or knowledge, or do you just enjoy the heck out of it? Do you have the commitment and disciple to fully pursue this venture when it starts to feel like a job instead of fun?

4) Is there enough Revenue potential?  Similar to #2, but we are expanding from general interest in the marketplace to specifically defining the areas of Revenue you can realistically obtain? Going back to the Eggplant recipe example, you may live in a community who is in love with eggplant, but there is a natural limit to how many customers will buy your recipes or packaged meals.

5) Figure out how to stand out…..It is not enough to be as good as the competition, you need something extra. What is that something extra that will cause customers to move their business to you?

Action: Make a list of your hobbies and select the top 3 you enjoy the most.  Check out the competition on the internet. Do you see any? As you evaluate, don’t stop your day job or pursuit of jobs to keep your finances afloat.

Quote of the Day:  “Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t,  I give myself reasons why I can.”      Author Unknown

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Introducing – Upgrade Your Career – The Blog

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Greetings everyone and welcome. With an eye on exploring ways to address your career concerns and issues, this new blog that will start to focus on various topics for those interested to “Upgrade Your Career”. This could mean one of the following to you:

1) You want to do something different and/or better than where you are today

2) You are not working and looking for a job to support yourself

3) You are questioning your life’s direction deeply and fundamentally

2) You enjoy what you are doing today but want to earn more $

3) You enjoy the area of your current career and earn enough money to meet your needs, but you want to explore different aspects of your current career focus

4) You enjoy what you are doing, but your significant other, parents,or dog hates it. What else is out there?

What’s the angle? The angle is practicality, with a focus on expediency. It combines guidance for action while building your “can do” thoughts and beliefs. Making changes in lives is work.  But, we can have fun and enjoy the ride. Consider this to be the start of our journey together.

Don’t ever lose faith in yourself. You are not only enough, but someone special with gifts waiting to be explored and appreciated and compensated. We all can make a clean start and make improvements in our career and in our lives. Starting today. The how will be explored. The “why” starts in the mirror.