I`ve been contemplating the similarities between being an entrepreneur,
and being told you have a catastrophic illness, like cancer. LOL!
Yeah... I know...this sounds like a seriously pessimistic argument
against ever being an entrepreneur, but it`s not.
Consider: You walk into the doctor`s office, find out you have cancer, and s/he tells you you`ve got a year to live.
What do you do next?
I`ve been listening to the news blurbs about the death of Tammy Faye
Messner, previously Bakker, who battled cancer over the past year or
so. Her message to everyone was basically not to be afraid...to put
Countless people contract cancer, or some other deadly disease, and
they fall into two groups: Those who choose to do something about it,
and those who passively accept their fate and die.
But cancer is a "bad thing." So too is failure and bankruptcy.
No matter how a person moves through their mind, they often find that
"I have cancer!" creeping up and trying to ambush them. So they
*actively* work against that statement, overcoming their tiredness and
willingness to just give in.
Isn`t it the same with that creeping premise, "I`m going to fail. This isn`t going to work!"?
Yes, bankruptcy and failure are real possibilities. But they`re part of
the game. They`re the risk against the high stakes of success and fortune that any entrepreneur tries to win.
The only difference between the two high-risk lives is that the
entrepreneur CHOOSES to enter the game, where the person with an
illness didn`t choose it. The psychology is the same, though.
If you haven`t failed right this moment or in the next 20 minutes, you
have hope. So too, if you haven`t died or are going to die in the next
20 minutes, there`s hope.
It comes down to whether or not you want to allow your mind to explore
what "might happen" days from now, or whether you want to enjoy what
you have right this instant. Do you see the similarities?