There is a threat lurking in the shadows, one that could destroy your online business. It is silent, virtually invisible, and often accomplishes its malevolent purposes without ever being identified.
This threat does not come from your competitors, from the economic environment, from lawmakers, or even from Google.
This threat, which destroys not only businesses but also health, families, and friendships, has been with us long before there ever was such a thing as the Internet.
The threat I’m referring to is: fear.
Fear causes you to shrink your thinking. To downsize your aspirations. To minimize your mission. To be self-deprecating, when what the world desperately needs is for you to stand up and make a difference.
Fear seeks only to rob, kill, and destroy.
Resist fear, and it will flee.
Face fear, and it will reveal itself to be nothing more than a lie. A lie that deceives you into playing a smaller game than the one you were created for.
Don’t buy the lie.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
The movie True Grit opens with a quote from the book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. A statement containing powerful truth, for sure.
But as I sat in the theater watching that movie, I had the nagging sense the screenwriters had left something out. So when I got home, I looked up the reference.
The movie quoted only half that particular verse. The entire passage reads like this…
I have this acquaintance… let’s call him Nicholas. That’s not his real name, for reasons that are about to become glaringly obvious. You see, Nicholas repels people.
He’s a genius. Yet it seems nobody wants to hear what he has to say…
You don’t need permission to succeed. You don’t need someone to say you’re worthy. You just need to grab hold of your idea, wrestle it into submission, and then go out there and do it.
It’s the doing it part that gets people hung up. Most of the time, it’s easier to talk about the project you’re “working on” than it is to actually do the work.
My friend Jeff asked me recently why I went through the hassle of hosting a seminar of my own. I’ve been thinking about that question.
I have lots of great-sounding reasons, but the truth is… it just seemed like a good idea, and I wanted to do it.
In the movie Apocalypse Now, the film’s narrator explains the extraordinary success of the iconic Colonel Kurtz this way: “He received no official clearance. He just thought it up and did it.”
If you feel that you do need permission, here it is (along with instructions): whatever it is that’s burning inside of you, go ahead, think it up and do it.