Avoiding getting locked up by fear. Understand the meaning of risk. Above all, never allow your plan to be so detailed that you become blind to changing opportunities around you.
Historically, fortunes are made when times seem to be the roughest. That is, when times are the toughest is when most people don’t act on their dreams but a few do. Most are afraid to make big moves when times are tough.
Is it the fear of failure or the embarrassment of failure? Is it the fear of circumstances outside of one’s control determining one’s fate? It almost seems as if there is a fear of wasted effort if one fails during hard times. “It was just too hard. I should have waited.”
“Times are tough right now. I would need to work two jobs and go to school to even be able to take a shot (risk?) on this business idea. What if I fail? Think of the effort that I would be putting in only to see it not work.”
These are all red herrings that cause most to pull back on their dreams. I believe it is actually a lack of vision and focus. Difficult times can often support embarking on new ventures. Look at the lockdowns that most of the country had to endure. Haven’t we all uttered, “If I only had more uninterrupted time, I could write that book, learn that new programming language, learn that new foreign language.
Did you do it? Many of us did not. Some of us did, however. So what does that mean then. It is NOT the motivation that makes the difference. It is easier than that. It is the establishment of habits that wins the day.
Many made their fortunes during the Great Depression. Some were creative. Some were illegal. But, in a very real sense, all took advantage of opportunities. They believed in themselves and they did it, doing what they loved or in some cases, found a new love to be successful with. Read about 10 such people HERE