Learn how to overcome your fears by winning the battle of the mind.
We all feel scared from time to time but how to overcome that fear is one of the greatest challenges we face as humans.
Fear is basically a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something; the fear of death, failure, sickness, heartbreak, etc.
Sadly, one of the mistakes we make is we give fear way too much credit and most of the time, the things we fear don’t actually exist.
It’s all an our head but we allow what doesn’t exist to stop us from doing something that could potentially change our lives.
So, how do you overcome fear? How do you get past that overwhelming sense of dread that keeps you stuck?
But first, let’s understand where fear comes from.
Where does fear come from?
Fear originally came from a biological standpoint because if we look back to the ancient days, there was a real fear to stay alive so our brain instilled fear to help us survive.
If there is a tiger chasing after us, that fear is what spikes us and helps us find ways to survive by helping our vision become clearer, and making our muscles stronger so we either run or fight.
In that instant, fear keeps us alive. It isn’t always bad for us and there are instances in our lives today where fear is necessary.
For example, if you are in a burning house and you don’t feel fear, then something may be wrong with you.
But now that we are living in a society that has elvolved so much and we are no longer in situations of life or death, fear has shifted to become something that isn’t real.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield.
Why do we feel fear:
Most of the time, fear is just bad management of our mindset. It is stemming from what we are allowing ourselves to think or imagine as the end goal.
In our daily lives, there is one question we can always ask ourselves and that is : “What if”.
The answer to that question is going to define how we move on a daily basis.
So if you are leaning towards fear, your response is going to be:
‘What if is this doesn’t work?
What if I fail?
What if people don’t accept who I am?
When you understand where fear comes from, you become competent in it and from there, you become confident in it. In psychology, this is called the “The Confidence competency loop“.
For example, if you walk into an exam room without studying, you’ll be afraid because you’ll be apprehending failure.
Whereas, when you do take the time to read your notes and do your exercices, you begin to understand the subject, and you are more prepared, so facing the exam won’t scare you anymore.
The same thing applies to our fears. Once you understand where your fear is coming from, you will realize that it is nothing but an issue you have to deal with in your mind and only then can you break free from the negative cycle.
Now, let’s dive into the different types of fear and how you can overcome them.
Types of fear and how to overcome them:
Fear of loss :
This happens when we are afraid of losing something or someone while pursuing something bigger/greater.
Let’s say you want to lose weight. You will be anxious because you have to deprive yourself of tasty food and not being able to show up to places since you have to diet.
You might be terrified of quitting your job to start that busines you’ve always wanted to do because you will be losing your steady paycheck and you won’t be seeing your coworkers again.
As well as you might be scared of losing friends, or family members or even your spouse because they don’t believe in what you are doing and they don’t understand your vision/goals.
So, because there is a chance of you losing something, you will dread pursuing even bigger things.
This happened to me when I was making a career change.
I was contemplating between leaving my stable job with a lucrative pay as a doctor and starting my own business in an area which was still new to me and in which I wasn’t guaranteed success.
But I had to take a moment to understand where my fear was coming from and as I stepped out in faith, I decided to make a choice that was more personal and typical of me.
That was how I got over my fear.
How to overcome the fear of loss :
You need to reorient your mind to not focus on what you’re going to lose but more on what you are going to gain.
So, instead of fearing losing weight because we might stop eating our favorite, foods, we can choose to focus on the positives like being fitter, feeling better, being healthier and understanding that those gains outweigh the negatives.
Same thing with business. Focus on the freedom you can create/have and the bigger and better opportunities you will have that you couldn’t while working your 9-5 job.
Focusing on the gains helps you tame that pain or fear of missing out or losing something and that is how you learn to get over your fear of loss.
Fear of change :
As humans, we do not like change at all. Anything that equates to change is uncomfortable especially when it is hard.
When we think of losing weight, then we think the process is hard because we have to work out and keep ourselves from eating out late which is painful.
Same thing with starting a business. We have to put out time to grow that business, sometimes sacrifice our sleep, miss out on events or not hang out with people, and that is painful.
How do you overcome the fear of change :
By accepting it. There is positivity in challenge. Challenge is a good thing and we shouldn’t be afraid of it.
Infact, it is something we should embrace and run towards. Why? Because it is challenge that creates who we are and who we ultimately become.
Challenge is like the pressure used in making diamonds. You need that pressure to grow because the more you are pushed and stretched, the more you will be resilient and confident.
Understand that, although the road might be challenging in regards to the process of change, you don’t want to focus on how hard it is going to be.
You want to focus on how you can benefit from it because at the end of the day, those are the things that are going to help you grow and get you to where you need to be.
Remember, success is behind failure and you have to go through failure in order to reach success.
Fear of result :
The fear that all of this won’t be worth it.
What if I put in all this work, time and effort and make all these sacrifices and it doesn’t work out? What if my business fails or I don’t make any money or I don’t lose weight?
Imagine if all this happens and it is for nothing?
Just thinking about this is scary.
How do you overcome the fear of result?
You have to focus on the positive possibility. What if it works out?
Like I said, your answer to your ‘what if’ dictates the turn of events in your life and determines whether you are tapping more into your fear or not.
And we don’t want to tap into our fears, we want to tap in more into our faith mindset.
What if it does work out, you do become successful and achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed of?
Imagine you do find someone you love and who loves you back?
There are so many possibilities out there so why would you focus on things that would go wrong?
Focusing on the what ifs on the positive side is what is going to help you diminish the what ifs on the negative side.
You can’t drive out darkness with more darkness, only light can do that.
So you can’t drive away fear by focusing more on fear. You have to focus on hope, faith.
I believe anything we have in regards to our dreams, wants, desires, is given to us for a reason. So what if we aren’t meant for failure and that whatever we may be scared to pursue is actually our destiny and calling?
But let’s also be honest, sometimes it won’t work out but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t for a reason. We have to go through certain things and fail at certain things to ultimately get to the success we need to.
But if we are not ready to do that in the first place, we are not going to get there in the end.
Fear is something we can decide if we want to feed it or not.
It may be the fear of change, or the fear of result or what others might think, or the fear of not being good enough.
No matter what that fear might be, you don’t want to focus on it because it is just something happening in your mind and whenever that happens, you want to set your sight on all the possibilities/positives.
Focus on the direction you are going. Focus on your faith mindset, instead of your fear mindset.
At the end of that day, both situations are not real because they haven’t happened yet but what you can do now, is choose what realization you want to happen in your life and work towards it.
That’s the beauty of being human; having the power of choice.
So today, choose hope, choose life, choose faith and build the future you deserve.
If you’ve found this article then it means you have asked yourself the question ‘what is my passion?’
It’s a great question and it is my hope that this article will help you discover yours. Let’s first consider the following questions for how to find your passion:
What do you do that comes easily?
What would you enjoy doing without being paid for it?
What gets you up every morning?
What gets you excited?
What makes you smile when you think about doing it?
The answers to these questions should lead you to something you are passionate about. The problem is, many of us confuse our passions for our gifts.
The difference being is our passion is something that you seek out, something that you feel like you were meant to do.
Our gifts are the things that we were born with, something that is there no matter what.
What Is My Passion?
Your passion is something that can change throughout your life but it will always be something that you think is interesting.
By focusing on the questions listed above you can start to hone in on what truly sparks something within you. It could be making money in new and interesting ways, building a product that simplifies everyday life, or it could be that you love learning about animals.
By simply looking inwards you will be able to figure out how to find your passion.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly what your passion is, only you can answer that question. But what comes next is the best part, figuring out how to grow that passion into something more.
Maybe even into a new stream of income. In order to do that we need to look at finding your purpose.
Finding Your Purpose
What I mean by your purpose is what is your meant to do once you’ve found your passion.
Are you an educator, an entertainer, a researcher, or something else entirely?
Take music as an example, you can be passionate about music and use that to teach people guitar. Maybe you will be the frontman of a band or even a DJ who plays songs in clubs or on the radio.
Here’s what you should do if you don’t know what your gifts are or how to use them. Follow your curiosity, really dig deep and explore the topics you enjoy.
If you didn’t have to worry about money and things like that what is the one thing you would want to do? Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there?
I believe that the thing we’re most curious about is the thing we need to start putting some effort into.
If you can do that then not only can you feed your innate desires but you might figure out how to find your dream job. It’s your responsibility to take this seriously as we approach the next step.
Figuring out what my passion is and what my purpose is – that’s the easy part.
Developing Your Passion and Purpose
Now we’re getting into the hard part – the grind. It’s doing what needs to get done even when you don’t feel like it.
Pushing through self-doubt and getting over the voice in your head telling you that you shouldn’t even be trying.
When you get past this fear you are going to bring something into the world that only you can bring.
When you do this, whatever your thing is, you’re going to start to feel fulfilled. I think that fulfillment is an unconditional passion that we all strive for no matter what.
When you hit that sweet spot of finding your passion, your purpose, and you are making progress, you’re going to feel fulfilled.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘You’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do.’ That can, and will, be you if you can follow your passion.
How to Find Your Dream Job
You need to keep fighting your place in the world and build on your momentum to turn your passion into your dream job.
You’re not just doing this for yourself but for everyone else who will benefit from what you have to offer. Keep developing your gifts, invest in yourself, and keep on creating more and more.
It could be cooking, singing, sewing, woodworking, racing, sailing, flying, juggling, it could be anything. Your passion is what drives you, your purpose is what defines you.
Your gifts can be used to change the whole world or just one person’s world – yours. If you feel a natural vibe towards something, start moving towards it.
Don’t give up when it gets hard, you have to earn your dream job. It won’t be handed to you.
Some of us are teachers and we’ll share our knowledge with other people. Others are entertainers and we’ll do our best to make people happy.
You could be a natural host and your gift is helping other people feel relaxed.
If you can locate your purpose your natural gifts will help you find your own piece of the pie.
Your passions may change but your purpose and gifts won’t.
If you’re a natural educator then that’s your gift and you can share that with the world. If you want to know how to find your passion then you need to look within and ask yourself what it is you want.
The world is waiting for what you have to offer.
Develop your passion, your purpose, and your gifts to bring something truly unique to people’s lives.
If things start to get tough then remember this is how to find your dream job. It starts with finding your purpose and ends when you feel fulfilled.
If this article has found you at a time where you’re feeling down because something didn’t work out then I got news for you – it happens to everyone.
The rich and famous have many failures to their name and it’s all part of what’s made them a success. How we deal with failure can help us to move towards success.
No matter what’s been going on I hope that this article can help to encourage you to keep moving forward. Your greatest days are still ahead of you. If you give up now you’ll never know what you could achieve.
The greatest people in this world all failed first, they had to deal with that failure before they could become a success.
So here are some very famous people that failed on their way up. Use their stories as inspiration and motivation to keep going. These may be examples of successful people but their stories are very relatable.
Take in the lessons and learn how to get over fear of failure.
5 Famous Failures
Jim Carrey is one of the most recognizable comedic actors around. He’s responsible for incredible characters like Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.
He was also booed off stage the first time he performed stand-up. Jim Carrey was so determined to be successful that he wrote a check to himself for $10,000,000 dated for 10 years in the future.
Lesson: Believe in yourself, set goals, and don’t give up. Jim Carey wrote cash for ‘acting services rendered’ which he kept in his wallet.
It was dated for 10 years in the future and he was able to achieve this goal.
Oprah is known for her daytime talk show and her success as a television personality led to her very own cable network. She now has a lucrative deal to produce content for Apple TV+.
What you may not know is that Oprah grew up in poverty and before she was the success she is today she was fired from her first job as a news anchor.
Her producers claimed that she was not fit for TV.
Lesson: Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can or can’t do. Oprah is one of the most visible people on U.S television and is known across the world.
For someone who was told she was not fit for TV, she’s really shown them up.
J.K Rowling is the author of the most successful book series ever. You’ll have heard of Harry Potter even if you’ve never read anything.
Working as a single mother in London J.K Rowling dealt with multiple rejections of her manuscript for the Philosopher’s Stone.
12 major publishers turned it down before Penguin took a chance on her book. If she had given up after the first 12 rejections a generation wouldn’t have grown up with Harry Potter.
Lesson: One person’s opinion is not the end of the world. 12 people refused to publish Harry Potter but J.K believed in her work.
Now it’s one of the most successful franchises ever.
Another author who proves that failure is not an option. His first manuscript frustrated him so much that he tossed it away.
If it wasn’t for his wife saving it and pushed him to finish it we wouldn’t have Carrie. The rejections came through thick and fast for Stephen King with 30 rejections before Doubleday took it on.
Lesson: It’s okay to lean on others when you doubt yourself. If it wasn’t for his wife, Stephen King may never have finished Carrie.
Find a strong support network that can hold you up when you need it.
His secret recipe of herbs and spices has made KFC one of the most successful fast-food franchises of all time. At the age of 65, he was forced to sell his restaurant and was left with only $105 a month from social security.
He already had his secret recipe and he decided to travel the states looking to franchise his chicken concept. Sanders would sleep in his car during this period of his life.
Lesson: You are never too old to become a success. Sanders knew his chicken was the best in the business.
He turned his secret recipe into a multimillion-dollar business in just a few years.
If You’ve Never Failed, You’re Not Trying
These famous failures are proof that failure does not need to define you. You can get back on the horse and try again. Learn how to get over fear of failure and use that knowledge to empower yourself.
If you’re not trying then you’re never going to create something new. You’ll never be able to reach your goal if you’re not willing to fail.
Here’s a statistic that’s worth remembering: it takes an average of 4 failures until you see success. No matter how many times you’ve had to pick yourself up and dust yourself off – keep trying.
The only time we truly fail is when we give up so say to yourself that ‘failure is not an option.’
Think of the famous failures that have been mentioned today. These people were down on their luck, things weren’t working out for them, and they kept going. We wouldn’t have Harry Potter, IT, or KFC if they had given up.
What separates these people from the rest is that they didn’t give up.
These are famous people that failed but it is their successes we all love them for.
Don’t let your failures define you. Instead, let them teach you and use failure as a motivational tool. Regardless of what your situation is try to keep moving forward.
Don’t let failure be the thing that holds you back.
There are famous people that failed who managed to bounce back and achieve success. You can do this too.
That’s the lesson you should take away from this lesson. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time you failed or the 1,000th time.
Just keep going because even the greatest people in this world had to fail first.
What if I said you could be more confident and completely get rid of procrastination in just 5 seconds, would you believe me? Well, that’s what I’m telling you right now! With the 5 second rule, you can completely change your mindset. Stop your feelings and habits from getting in the way of progress, and start achieving more.
It just takes 5 seconds to change your life.
Allow me the next few minutes to explain how exactly this works and why you need to start implementing the 5-second rule. This article is going to explain exactly what it is, how to use it, and how you can be back in control instantly!
The 5 Second Rule
The 5-second rule is a method by the best-selling author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins. It comes from her book titled “The 5 Second Rule” which has helped millions to break free from their habits and start achieving their goals.
Mel Robbins’ 5-second rule is really simple but powerful and can help you overcome a lot of issues you may be facing. Basically, the idea is that when you have the instinct to do something productive towards one of your goals, you need to physically move yourself within 5 seconds before that thought is “shut down” by your brain.
Let’s say for example one of your goals is to get back into the gym. I’m sure that most of us have been at that point where we think it’s time to start getting back into shape. We know it’s something we need to do but we sit on the idea, put it off, and it doesn’t happen. There are countless reasons and excuses we might give ourselves to avoid going.
Mel Robbins’ Book explains that this actually boils down to our habits. Our habits kick in and convince us not to do the things we want to do (and what we need to do). These habits are responsible for between 50-60% of the actions we take each day. Even scrolling on Instagram or TikTok is habitual. Which is why we spend more time on those platforms than at the gym!
Sometimes we don’t even realize that it’s happening. That’s because these habits are so hardwired into our brains that they barely cross our minds. Hitting the snooze button in the morning is a habit that you can change with this simple 5 second rule. When it comes to getting up in the morning you can commit to getting up within 5 second otherwise you’ll hit the snooze and go right back to sleep, again (I’ve been there).
Break Free From Your Habits
Mel Robbins uses herself as an example of someone who has a hard time motivating themselves to do the things they need to get done. In her book, she talks openly about the issues that she had in her life. They included a battle with alcoholism, not having a job, her marriage falling apart, and almost being bankrupt.
Faced with this uphill battle, Mel found that she couldn’t motivate herself to do anything that would help with her situation. I completely sympathize with Mel, sometimes it is difficult to find motivation at the best of times, and even harder when things are stacked up against you.
Luckily for Mel, and by applying the 5-second rule, she was able to pinpoint exactly when her motivation would fade away. It was after 5 seconds of motivation striking. Mel realized that if she sprung into action before the end of her 5-second countdown she would be able to do what she needed to do.
In the mornings after her alarm would go off, Mel would start a countdown from 5. If 5 seconds passed she knew that she would hit the snooze button and that would be that. But, if Mel could plant both feet on the ground and stand up before the 5 seconds was up, she would be able to start her day and get on with her tasks.
The 5-second rule isn’t something that can only be used in the morning as a way to get up. It is a useful tool at any time and can be used to combat all sorts of things. It can help people who struggle with procrastination and it can help you against unwanted feelings like worrying and anxiety.
How Can We Use The 5 Second Rule In Our Lives?
I want you to think of a goal in your mind. It could be benching 220 at the gym, building your own business, or getting 10,000 followers on Instagram. Whatever it is you want to achieve, certain things you need to do to be successful – and they may not always be fun.
You may need to start cold calling, arranging meetings, or getting that membership card for the gym. These are the kinds of things you may not feel like doing and motivating yourself to do them is hard. But the truth is you need to find a way to get over that. It’s preventing your growth as a person and as an entrepreneur.
If you let your feelings control your actions then it’s going to stop you being able to get things done. It’s the small actions that you take today that are responsible for building your dreams of tomorrow. Our feelings and habits will keep us boxed in our comfort zone. If we allow that to happen then we end up nowhere.
We need to make use of Mel Robbins 5 second rule to push past these moments. If we let them win, then our feelings and habits will get in the way of progressing towards our goal.
Instead, we can start using the 5-second rule to bypass our feelings, block our habitual instincts, rewire our brain, and start achieving our goals. Here’s what I want you to do, the next time you start thinking about your goals, initiate a 5-second countdown. Before the end of the countdown physically move towards something to do with your goal.
If it’s in the morning, then your physical movement could be getting up out of bed. When inspiration strikes during the day, move towards something that will help you with the task. If you suddenly feel like playing some piano, you have 5 seconds to start moving towards the piano before your brain will shut the idea down.
Whatever crosses your mind, remember you only have 5 seconds to start physically moving before habits kick in. That’s just 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. It’s not long but it’s long enough to work.
Why Does The 5 Second Rule Work?
The 5-second rule is backed by science as it’s known that counting down from 5 is enough to stimulate your frontal cortex. The frontal cortex the part of the brain responsible for decision making. It will also decrease the influence of your basal ganglia, the part of the brain responsible for your habits. That’s the part that says SNOOZE!
The 5-second countdown is enough to cut through the noise inside your brain. Putting you solely in control. Essentially it stops us from falling into habit mode. Easy to see how this could help you start your day right.
My favorite thing about Mel Robbins 5 second rule is that it’s so easy to understand and put into practice. I think that this is such a good technique to learn because it stretches beyond just motivating ourselves.
You know those times where you’re feeling really pumped, energized, and ready to take on the world? Then the next day, when it’s time to do it and that energy, is just gone… I know I’m guilty of it on more than one occasion! This is when your feelings take over and your reaction is nowhere near what you wanted it to be. Instead of “let’s get to it”, it’s more like, “I’ll stay in bed for an hour, then maybe I’ll get around to it”.
The great thing about the 5-second rule is that you are no longer relying on sporadic motivation. This tool is something practical that you can rely on. It can help you on the road to success with just 5 seconds at a time. Gain mastery over your life, reach your goals and help you be the person you want to be.
To be successful you need to start by mastering yourself, controlling your habits, and not let them control you. Use the 5-second rule to hack your brain’s functions and start making more progress towards your goals immediately. The technique is so simple, you can start straight away.
The next time you get some inspiration, start your 5-second countdown. Then get moving towards something that will help with the task. This could change your life. All you needed to do was give it 5 seconds (+ the few minutes it took to read this!). Go out and put it in to practice today and see your productivity skyrocket.
When you’re embarking on something new it’s important to know your why. It was Tony Robbins who explained that two things motivate people, to move towards pleasure and move away from fear. It’s these guiding principles that should lead us in the direction we’re going. The best place to start is what is your why?
Your why could be many different things, traveling the world, creating financial freedom, or working for yourself. Tony Robbin’s advice is to let your dreams pull you to the future and let your fears push you. At the beginning of your journey, this is especially true, so the question to ask yourself is what is your why?
Start With Why Not
To find your why first take a look at why not. People don’t tend to regret the things they did do, but rather the things they didn’t do. Imagine reaching the end of your life, looking back and wondering ‘what if.’ What if I took the chance? What if I made that investment? What if I got out of my comfort zone and took that leap of faith?
You can’t know these answers unless you try. You think about all the things you could have done differently and whether or not you would be in a better place. This is why you need to ask yourself now ‘why not me?’ No one wants to live a life of regret, so challenge your current mindset and ask that question.
It’s fear that stops us from pursuing the things we want to do and by asking why not we’re using that fear to push ourselves in the direction we want to go. No matter what you want to do push away from the fear, ask yourself why not and you’ll know your why better as well. Fear can be a useful motivator if you know how to utilize it properly.
How To Find Your Why
You can’t give yourself to something with 100% unless you are truly passionate about it. This is why it’s important to figure out what is your why. For many people, this could be linked to money and work. Creating financial freedom or breaking free from the 9-5 grind are strong motivators. At the start of your journey if you know your why this will help motivate you and pull you in the direction you want to go.
For other people, it might be less to do with money and more to do with getting to spend more time with your family. Financial freedom will also give you the time to pursue charitable endeavors and things close to your heart. By changing up your career you can build something that not only helps you but also the people around you.
To really know your why you can have a conversation with yourself that outlines your goals. What motivates you? What are you passionate about? Where do you want to be in 1, 5, or 10 years? Then work on a plan that addresses what you can do today that will help you get to those points.
Why Breeds Change
One thing that comes from being an online entrepreneur like an internet marketer or a content creator is the ability to set your own rules. You earn the privilege of creating something that not only services you but the people around you. As you find success you’ll be able to help friends and family too.
The old way of working is on the way out and by engaging in a job online you can remove the rigid structure of your old career. Digital nomads can work wherever they want and whenever they want. If you’re struggling to find your why perhaps this is it? To see the world, work at hours that suit you, and take time off when you need it.
This kind of freedom used to only be reserved for the filthy rich. Now it’s a very real possibility for anyone with an internet connection. If you’re thinking to yourself that it’s too late to start this, then remember to ask yourself ‘why not you?’
Know Your Why Then Commit
You start with why and then you make a commitment to yourself to pursue your goals. Let your dreams pull you towards your future and fears push you from where you are. One way to demonstrate your commitment is to burn your bridges. The things that encourage you to stay stuck in the same position because it’s comfortable. You might be in school but are dreaming of doing something else, or working a job that pays the bills and nothing else.
Take a leap of faith and drop out or quit, so you can put 100% of your energy into your dream. By removing the safety net and burning your bridges you will be more dedicated to being the best you can be. A lot of us have come to a point in our lives where it’s either what we’re doing now or the unknown.
Fear can keep us from wanting to know what the unknown actually is. Instead, we just skip the whole thing and make what we’re doing now work because that’s all we know. Ultimately, this way of thinking won’t propel you forward, whereas taking the risk of the unknown can. If you remove any safety nets and ask yourself why not you, then you may end up pushing yourself towards success.
What Is Your Why: Final Thoughts
If you can find your why then you can use that to engage with your dreams and motivate yourself to be the best you can be. Your why might be completely different from anything mentioned here but it’s still very important to know. Take the time to figure it out, as, in the long run, it will help keep you on track.
Don’t let fear overcome you, you need to change your relationship with fear and use it as a motivation tool to propel you towards success. If fear is getting the best of you then remember to ask yourself ‘why not me.’ You can achieve anything you want to, so don’t let negative thinking keep you from your calling.
The road to being a successful Entrepreneur is never an easy one to follow.
It's full of self-doubt, self-imposed fears, and high levels of stress.
When it's all said and done, your success does not only rely on your technical ability, but your ability to train your emotional and mental will power to withstand the storms when you are on the journey of conquering your dreams and aspirations.
There are many lies we tell ourselves that restrict our progress and prosperity.
In this blog post, I want to address the six common lies we entrepreneurs tell ourselves and how we can overcome them....for good.
Lie #1: I'm not smart enough
Here is a common one I hear a lot from people just getting started.
They believe that they are not smart enough to pick up the skill sets needed to be an entrepreneur.
Stop telling yourself that you are not smart enough.
You don’t need to be smart or an expert at everything.
The first thing you need to be good at is being a student.
You need to have the will to want to learn and educate yourself.
Every individual has something special and unique about them.
You just need to discover your potential, your calling and sharpen those skills.
Being an active student allows you to do this, opening up many doors for you that wouldn't be otherwise.
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, who is focused on making money and getting your finances in order, I have good news for you.
You can take charge of your life and control your circumstances if you financial plan in place.
Nothing fancy, just a straight forward way of making sure you have enough income to take care of your needs while still building a business of your own.
Since beginning my entrepreneur journey, there is one job in particular that I have done that has really helped me out.
And I'm confident that it has the potential to help you as well.
You may already have a 9 to 5 job that you regularly attend to pay the bills.
But if you are looking for an additional side hustle to make life a bit more easier, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are perfect.
With these services, you get the liberty of selecting when and for how long you want to work.
Whether you have a pile of bills that you need to catch up on or you want some extra spending money for the weekend, with Uber you can choose exactly how much you want to work in order to fulfill your needs.
Even if you don’t have a regular job, your extra income from Uber can help support your living while you pursue your entrepreneurial endeavors.
It also gives you the necessary leverage you need to focus on your goals which require ample time, energy, and sometimes money to achieve.
Networking on wheels
Another reason why Uber is great for entrepreneurs is the amount of networking it has to offer while on the job.
From my experience alone while driving Uber over the past 2 years I have met successful CEOs, politicians, assistants to Mayors, astronauts, international pilots, professional photographers, and so many more interesting people.
Having a wide variety of people come in and out of my car on a daily basis gave me a unique chance to prospect for my business without having to go out of my way to reach out to these people.
What I liked most was that it was never a forced conversation.
Once you start talking to your riders, they naturally ask a list of typcial questions, one being:
"So, what else do you do besides driving for Uber/Lyft?"
This is a perfect time to explain what my business is and potentially set up a future meeting.
With a bit of luck I have even been able to score new paying customers this way.
Worst case scenario they are able to provide referrals that I can later follow up with when I am not driving.
Word of caution
While I would totally recommend Uber or any similar ride share services as a side job, I would not recommend you make it your primary full time job unless it's absolutely necessary.
There are just too many factors that you cannot control that will leave you struggling if your car is involved. Unforeseen accidents, maintenance, and injuries can leave you without a paycheck for weeks.
Trust me...I know.
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.
Uber or Lyft could even decide to change their fares and surcharges resulting in a smaller paycheck for you.
These changes could really effect your quality of life if you are not careful.
It's all about having control
At the end of the day, it’s really about having control over your finances, and your life.
That's why I still believe one of the best jobs for aspiring entrepreneurs is driving with Uber.
They allow you to have more control.
The more control you have, the better choices you are able to make.
So whether you are looking for a part time job to supplement your full time or a part time job in general, find something that you can do that will help you stay in control of your finances.
You can even work from home as long as you stay on top of your bills and make sure you are making enough money to live and have everything under your control.
This stability in your life and in your finances will help you stay focused on your ideas and the growth of your business.