Everyone is afraid of something. Some of us are afraid of failure, others success. Some are afraid of spiders or plane crashes, but what is really important is facing those fears and overcoming them.
Last Thursday, Roger Ebert passed away. I don’t know how much you know about this extraordinary man, but he was truly inspiring.
Diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid, salivary glands and chin in 2002, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun Times (and TV host of one of my favorite shows growing up, Sneak Previews) lost his ability to eat, drink or speak.
But, he never stopped living.
In fact, he continued to write reviews for the newspaper until this past week, wrote a very popular blog, engaged with over 800K followers on Twitter and other social media sites, wrote books and was even working on a movie at the time of his death!
You can see in this particular blog post that this American icon met his challenges with grace and acceptance even as we can imagine he was terrified of what the future would bring.
Which made me think about facing fear.
As I am quickly learning, entrepreneurialism is FULL of fear.
Since (and even before) I launched Jenerosity Marketing, I have been afraid of taking on this new challenge. I worry about how I am going to pay my bills, whether or not I am going to win Clients, whether or not I am going to be able to deliver for those Clients once I have them, etc.
I just filed for my LLC and I worry about reporting everything accurately to the IRS, keeping track of my expenses and all of the other details involved in running a business.
But you know what?
I am doing it and I am learning a TON!
I am pleased to report that I just got word from my lawyer that my trademark was approved and we are now filing a statement of use (Yippee!). I am also setting everything up with my financial advisor so that my finances are organized and in order going forward.
I have a number of Clients for whom I am working many hours, but loving it and already seeing results!
And maybe sooner rather than later, “I” will become a “we” since that is definitely the goal down the road.
But don’t get me wrong, there is always still the fear (weird dreams, sleepless nights, concerns at 11pm that I am not working hard enough). But now I know that I can keep meeting it and overcoming it to build something that not only benefits me, but also others out in the world.
And if I can overcome my fear, SO CAN YOU!
Tell us about some fears that you have overcome in the Comments…