On Fear and Confidence

There is one thing I know for sure about being an entrepreneur (or following any dream for that matter). The difference between success and failure lies in your ability to overcome fear.

Everybody fails. Those with the greatest success, often failed the most. Albert Einstein failed his first entrance exam to university. Steve Jobs was famously fired from Apple before being re-hired and inventing the iPod and iPhone, changing everyone’s lives forever. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first broadcast journalism job after just 6 months. Lady Gaga was cut from her first label.

We all fail. It’s a necessary part of the journey.

So why does it breed so much fear in us? And more importantly, how the hell can we move on from it?

I wanted to launch this new business with an article that epitomized my journey to get here, to realize this dream of mine. And when I thought about what that story might be, I kept coming back to the biggest battle I’ve ever fought in my life: the war on fear.

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Mindful Entrepreneurship

Ways & Meaning is a website designed for mindful entrepreneurs. But what does that mean anyway? And why does it matter? Well let me tell you, mindful entrepreneurship is the act of being intentional about following your dreams. This article is the ultimate guide to understanding this definition, the characteristics of what makes a mindful entrepreneur and the benefits of choosing this path for your business or venture.

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3 Reasons you aren’t doing what you say you will do

In this TEDx video by cognitive psychologist Dr. Amanda Crowell you’ll learn how to move beyond mindset-driven defensive failure and into productive failure to succeed at the problems you struggle with the most. She argues that we get trapped in the same cycles, over and over (sound familiar), and offers advice on how to break those cycles and finally succeed at whatever it is you’re trying to do.

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Is “mindful entrepreneurship” a thing? Actually, yes.

I sure hope so, because that’s what I’m building my entire business around 🙂 This article from Fast Company validates my belief that growth is good, when intentional, not just for the sake of growth. That it can be good to stay small, to have ‘good enough’ goals, that the need for unsustainable growth is one of the biggest problems with our current economic system.

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Do a social media detox

I’m so happy to be not alone in wanting less social media in my life. This continues to be your favorite topic so I found another article to enjoy. This one was written by Wandering Aimfully, a serial digital entrepreneur with many successful online businesses. He used to rely on social media, but his current business barely uses it. This article walks through how he got there, over a month of no social media, and what he learned. There’s also some good app/tool recommendations to help you remove the notifications and temptations of social media

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How to ace marketing without social media

I know that many of you are on board with trying to figure out how to avoid the social media trap that exists for businesses today. So here is another good article from Heart & Hustle
about how to do this successfully. Most of what I found online focus on businesses where a majority of activity happens in real life (retail, fitness, real estate, etc.) not online, but I’m working on that 🙂 The bottom line is that it’s definitely possible, but you need to have an outstanding product, very satisfied customers, and rely heavily on word of mouth and referrals. To get some practical tips on how this might work in reality

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The science behind intention setting, plus 6 ways how it can elevate your business goals

Setting goals can be difficult, time consuming, and ultimately defeating (if they’re not realistic). Setting intentions is much simpler and easier. This article from Create & Cultivate provides some simple, concrete tips on things you can do everyday, or every so often, to keep you focused on what really matters, day in and day out.

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