Ever the poignant producer of brevity, that quote from GaryVee on my LinkedIn timeline smacked me in the face as I sat down to try to do some work before my day gets started and my kids wake up. Everywhere you look right now, Fear is the number one topic. Fear of Covid, Fear of economic collapse, Fear of losing people, Fear of losing business – and you know what is NOT happening? Growth.
Think back to a time when you had a huge decision in your life or business. Maybe it was moving to a new city for a job, maybe it was offering a new service or product at your company, maybe it was deciding on a new hire, maybe it was making the leap from employed to self-employed, maybe it was getting married or having kids – anything. Picture that moment in your mind. You know the moment, the moment you can see yourself standing at the edge of the cliff. Looking down through a haze of possibilities and swirling whiteness. You remember the fear? Gripping your heart, taking your breath away, “How far down is the bottom?” you think to yourself, “How many things can go wrong?”
You worked up the courage and – you jumped. Some of you stepped off that edge only to find a step directly beneath your feet, leading up a shiny staircase to success. Some of your fell. And when you hit, it sucked, but you learned. I’ve had both. One is obviously better than the other but you know what is an even worse feeling? Staying standing on that cliff. I’ve been that guy before. That one is the absolute worst. Telling people your plans, telling people how much you are going to do, this new big awesome thing you’re going to do…and you never do it. You have no guarantee for growth if you don’t jump, but you are GUARANTEED not to grow if you don’t.
We have a lot of uncertainty right now. No one knows for sure what’s going to happen in the future for business, for people, for the economy, for the world – what a perfect time to jump. Remake your company image, launch a new company, make a new product, go back to school for a new trade or career – as GaryVee always says it is never too late, no matter your age or life situations. You don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like if you stay where you are anyway, why not try something different. You are guaranteed growth if you face your fears.
Joel Mann is owner & designer at ThunderstruckMG . TMG does graphics, web, and marketing as well as a slew of various media types. If you want to connect with Joel for your business or just networking, well it’s me so just hit me up here on LinkedIn, @ThunderstruckMG on twitter & insta or email@example.com. No Fear, People!