Whether you’re already in business or on the threshold of making the jump from your day job to entrepreneurship, opportunities for success are all around you. The Internet continues to set the pace for massive business growth and expansion. The virtual world is at your front door. Will you open it?
Dreaming about taking action and actually doing it are two very different things, aren’t they? Actually they’re not. Some studies report that the memory does not distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. What this means is your brain doesn’t know the difference between something you’ve experienced or only fantasized about. Some experts say the more detail you fantasize the more likely you are to bring that fantasy to real life.
What will you do when opportunity rests on your doorstep? It won’t rest for long so be ready and willing to open the door and let it in. Why would you not?
That might sound like a crazy question, but let me tell you that people walk away from opportunity every day. Some wait all of their lives for that big chance and then when it comes, they shrink away in fear.
Fear? Fear of what?
Fear of failure, fear of success—fear of whatever. Fear of failure is common. Depending on what meaning people attach to failure, they often avoid it at all costs. Are you afraid of failure? What are you making it mean about you if you fail? Failure has no meaning unless we assign one. It’s really just something that didn’t work.
Think of inventors like Thomas Edison. Do you know he made more than 1,400 attempts to invent the light bulb? What if he had quit after 500 failed attempts? When asked, he remarked that he only discovered that many ways “not to do it.” What would it be like if you looked at your stabs in the dark that same way? How much easier would it be to try and try again until you got it?
If Thomas Edison had never explored his ideas on creating the light bulb, or had quit after a few less-than-fruitful attempts, what would have happened? I’ll tell you. Eventually someone else would have done it.
Is that what you want to happen to your ideas? Believe me, I’ve heard many stories from people who experienced just that.
If you hear a knock, go ahead and answer the door. Let opportunity in and see where it takes you. There really is no such thing as failure. And who knows, even if you don’t get what you’re after you might discover something even more amazing in the process.
Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee, http://www.123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, B.comeyond Business Live! http://www.BeyondBusinessLive.com inspires entrepreneurs to meet challenges head-on in with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyles of their dreams.