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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The case for doing nothing

The Dutch seem to have a word for everything busy Americans need, and this New York Times articles uncovers yet another: niksen. Niksen is taking conscious, considered time to do nothing. Scientists and researchers know that your brain needs a break, to absorb all that information you’re taking in, make new neural connections and pathways in the brain, and allow yourself the time you need to recharge. BONUS: this is also when you might get your best, most creative ideas. So read this, then do nothing, and see what happens.

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