Sometimes the key to success is a situation where there's no going back.
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One of Julius Caesar's most famous conquests was when he set fire to his own fleet of ships upon stepping onto enemy soil.
What this effectively did was remove the ability to retreat, and forced him and his troops to move on to victory.
“As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.”
The mere thought of entrepreneurship or cutting oneself off from the corporate umbilical cord has been known to make grown men tremble in their cubicles. Thoughts of credit card premiums, defaults on mortgages, repossessed cars, and rummaging through garbage cans for food come to mind.
How to overcome the fear of going out on your own
One trick that always helps me to decimate fear of the unknown is to imagine the worst case scenario, and what it would feel like to be there.
Say you do quit your job to chase your dream, then you end up going into debt, your wife leaves you, and you're living on the street. This might feel like a total failure: cold, hungry, depressed, and lonely. From rock bottom, it's not too hard to make progress, and improve with each day.
The failed attempt is a valuable lesson that can fuel your future successes.
I personally have a dream of becoming a dentist and owning a chain of offices here in New Jersey. I have “failed” to get into dental school a couple of times now, and I am currently on the waiting list for this coming school year. The idea of staying at a job, when I could be going after this dream career is unappealing to me. At the same time, I have no current qualifications to work at a big money job, nor do I have the desire to.
I have plan A, plan A, and plan A.
It doesn't have to be a horror story though. Just as Caesar, without an escape route, marched on to victory, so have many entrepreneurs sweated and toiled their way to financial abundance.
When you multiply your brilliant ideas with a forceful execution (one that you get from crushing your dream 30 hours per day), you have no way to go but up. Once you're successful, all the stories of your failures along the way will be that much more interesting.
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.”
Shortly after writing this guest post, Alex Shalman received some good news: he was accepted into the New York University dental program.
His plan A seems to be working.
About the author
Alex Shalman does for personal development what Chuck Norris does for the karate, and he's got a very bad (to the bone) podcast on self-improvement.
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