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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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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Companies don’t always need a purpose beyond profit

Despite the title, I agree with this new article from Harvard Business Review. If you’re company isn’t GENUINELY driven by a purpose beyond profit, then PLEASE don’t pretend it is. The reason the author claims lofty mission statements often attract more cynicism than motivation is because no one believes that bull shit. The helpful bit of this article comes from the mention of ‘local meaning’ or the ability of employees to find personal meaning in the work they do. This is what I advocate for most people who work for someone else. You don’t have to pretend that filing taxes for a living is as important as ending poverty, but you should figure out why that work is so meaningful towards your own personal sense of purpose.

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Lightening the mental load that holds women back

BCG, the consulting firm, recently surveyed it’s employees across the globe to get a better perspective of how raising children, and taking care of the home in general, disproportionately affects women. There results were similar to what others have found in that, even when men help, they’re doing the easily outsourced tasks, leaving the ‘management’ of home and kids to women…thus inflicting a larger ‘mental load’ for women to carry. They offer some recommendations for companies and families to help alleviate some of the burden on working women. The good news…younger men seem eager to play by these new rules and are making significant progress for the next generation.

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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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How thinking about the future can make life more meaningful

As a strategy consultant, I think about the future A LOT (probably too much). But this article helped me to justify my behaviors. Written by a Ph.D researcher for Greater Good Magazine, it chronicles the research on ‘prospectus’ or how thinking about the future can help us make better decisions, achieve our goals, fight off negative mental health states and just generally become more kind and generous people. Find out how and why.

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Women did everything right. Then work got ‘greedy.’

I’m not sure if I’m just more aware, or if this topic is actually trending, but I feel like I’m now seeing so many articles (in so many high profile publications, like this one from the New York Times) talking about the need for the ‘end of the hustle culture.’ This one focuses on how this phenomenon is really hurting women most, particularly within the ‘greedy’ professions like law, finance and consulting…where women have more potential to outperform men, but aren’t. Keep reading if you want to learn why and what we can do about it

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