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Mistakes are inevitable.

A common refrain among many of the entrepreneurs is, “I can’t afford to make a mistake.”

I wholeheartedly disagree!

The reality is that you can’t NOT afford to make mistakes.

Sure, it sounds logical when you consider that money is tight, time is at a premium and morale is waning.

What do mistakes really tell you?

Mistakes are our turn signals. They’re indicators that we need to change course. If you take action and learn from your mistakes – you’ll get to your destination more quickly.

The alternative is to allow your fear of making mistakes to paralyze you. 

What gets done when you’re not taking action?

Nothing.

Worse yet, you backslide because you feel so awful about not making forward progress.

What’s the worst that can happen if you make a mistake?

You have to answer this one for yourself. 

I can tell you that in my 10+ years as an entrepreneur, I’ve never come up with an awful enough reason to stop me from taking a leap of faith on a decision – big or small. And believe it or not, one of my worst-that-can-happen-scenarios was that I might have to sleep on a park bench if I couldn’t make it in NYC! 

Start with small things (send the email, pick up the phone, ask for an intro, submit a speaker proposal) and the bigger actions will become easier (hosting your own event, launching a bigger program, moving to Thailand).

So take a breath. Don’t belabor the decision. And take action.

Dare to do.


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  • The reality is never as bad as your imagination of the “worse case scenario”, you learn that when the “worse” thing happens and you survive (and even thrive) during the experience.

    • That’s the truth of it, Vivian. It really is never as bad as we imagine it to be… and when you can remember that, taking action is a little (or a lot, hopefully) less scary.

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