Here there be monsters. Under the bed. In the closet. In the basement. Who else here knew how to jump from the doorway to the bed at night so that the monsters couldn’t grab your ankle and drag you under?
When you get older, we know that the only things under the bed are fossilized Skittles, the Renegade Sock That Escaped from the Dryer and dust bunnies.
The real fears live within the telephone we don’t want to use when calling sales leads or funders. They live in our gut when we have to ask for Read More…
“The light at the end of the tunnel is a train.”
Sarcasm and cynicism are used to mask fear all of the time. Voiced under the guise of humor, cynics throw their verbal rocks from the periphery and never actually put any skin into the game. It’s easy to be a cynic.
As entrepreneurs, you can count on other people to question your sanity as you pursue your dreams and goals. Sometimes, others are well-intentioned and offer their advice from a point of care and concern for you. But there’s a different quality to the Read More…
It’s my opinion that for entrepreneurs specifically, the fear of being found out is probably stronger than the fear of failure. Also known as The Emperor Has No Clothes Syndrome,¯ the Number One on the Entrepreneurial Nightmare Hit Parade is the dream that you’re walking down the street and suddenly you discover that you are nekkid as the day you were born.
Feverishly, you think to yourself, “Perhaps no one will notice.”¯ Lots of entrepreneurs think everyone else is more successful or smarter than they are and live in fear of the world finding out that they are Read More…
When you study people who have achieved a state of independence, you’ll notice that there are common elements present in their circumstances. Regardless of the field of endeavor or industry, certain traits are shared by each. One of the best distillations of these elements, or gifts, is provided by author Stephen Covey.
“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”¯ ~ Stephen Covey
In my opinion, these four endowments form the cornerstone of our progression to independence and Read More…
By Guest Columnist Martin Stellar
The young monk was sweating profusely. He was hurting and out of breath. He was spent. In front of him stood a barrel full of kidney beans.
Beyond that was the cliff, and in the distance the rice paddies. His master sat a little ways away to his side, meditating in the shade of a bamboo cove.
He could hear the shouts of “Katsu!” drift up across the rice fields. And the cracking sounds too, each time one of the older and more advanced monks broke bamboo in two with their fists or Read More…
I was walking along at a pretty good clip, a quarter of the way through my Daily Constitutional when I met her. Almost clear of the driveway, I caught, out of the corner of my eye, a sedan barreling my way.
Its pilot blissfully unaware that I existed, her hair the same shade of blue as her car, she backed out onto the street probably thinking of a million things that she needed to accomplish that day. It appeared as though running me over was one of them. As her rear quarter panel narrowly missed Read More…keep looking »