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September 1, 2013

Are you courageous?

September 1, 2013 | By | 11 Comments

Thi “Heroics is important and we certainly need more heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line. Read More

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August 24, 2013

Give yourself the freedom to…

August 24, 2013 | By | One Comment

be a beginner,

ask for assistance,

screw up and make mistakes,

create many shitty first drafts,

stand up for what you believe in,

celebrate the big and small successes,

revisit old ideas with new perspectives,

embrace the lessons learned from failures,

cry it out once in a while (no, you’re not weak),

try something new without expecting perfection,

believe you have the power to make a difference,

build on your collection of curiosities, interests, and ideas,

accept that you don’t have the answers to everything,

scrap an idea without feeling ashamed to start over,

share your work because it has a right to be seen,

reserve your you time because you deserve it, Read More

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August 18, 2013

Disempowering the dream crushers in your life

August 18, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s safer not to take any risks.

You’ll only succeed if you have a lot of investors.

You should wait until you have a better idea that can go viral.

You don’t have enough experience to launch or build a business.

Wait until you’re really ready to share your ideas or else someone will steal it.

Leave it to the “real professionals” to change the world.

Try to be more realistic about your dreams.

Stop dreaming and wake up to reality.

I just don’t think you’ll ever get the business off the ground. Read More

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August 11, 2013

A life beyond a fear of rejection

August 11, 2013 | By | 24 Comments

 

“We reject ourselves before other people can. Stop.” —Jia Jiang, 100 Days of Rejection

Fake. Poser. Wannabe. Fraud.

I bet these are just some of the words you’re afraid everyone around you is secretly labeling you. Words you may even mutter to yourself, leaving you feeling weak, vulnerable, and paralyzed.

As an entrepreneur, author, blogger, artist, small business owner, etc., you put your self-esteem and self-concept on the line every time you hit “publish” on your next blog post, Read More

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August 4, 2013

(Un)limited Growth

August 4, 2013 | By | 9 Comments

“The failure of an artist is not the inability to draw or create, but the resistance to continually learn and do. Every artist, in their own mind, is a work in progress.” — Eugenia Leung

(Substitute “artist” with whatever word you prefer in the quote above)

Have you ever said some variation of the following?

I don’t have the guts. I can’t put myself out there. I wish I was more like X. I’m too old/young to start X. I’m just not naturally talented like so-and-so. Read More

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