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Simma Down Now

In a year full of adversity, there were many, many times that I doubted what would happen and where I would end up. For anyone out there who has pursued entrepreneurship and has gone through the process of getting a business off the ground, it’s exciting and exhausting, and there are no guarantees.

Of course I was afraid, but, through it all, I never let fear consume me – instead, I let it drive me to continue putting one foot in front of the other.

That isn’t to say that the love and support from family and friends didn’t help me immensely along the way either.

When I talk to other people who are interested in starting their own business – the one message I hammer home over and over again is that you MUST figure out your worst case scenario to be at your best. You must come to peace with the worst thing that can happen.

Why? Because your “actual” worst case scenario isn’t nearly as bad as what you think it is. We’re brainwashed throughout life to think that, if we fail, it’s doomsday – that our world will come screeching to a halt and we’ll never be able to recover.

But, in reality, if you lose your job, if you make a mistake, if you don’t bring any clients in this month, what’s the worst that can happen? You move back home? You get a less-than stellar retail job to pay the bills? The bottom line? You CAN figure it out – and it’s going to be okay.

That moment of realization – that regardless of how bad things could get, things would still be okay – is what has led me to where I am today – using fear as a motivator, not an obstacle.

What moment this year served as proof that “everything is going to be okay” for you?

(And, Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!)

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  1. I’d say most recently I found myself struggling to make the next month work. Doing freelance not only guarantees an ambiguous salary but sometimes you don’t even see your check for months after completing the work. But spending 5 days guessing his you will eat is strangely rewarding. Apparently all those canned beans.,boxed rice.,and instant mash can be cooked after all. And having great friends who just happen to cook you peppered shrimp alfredo on a bad day in the week doesn’t hurt as well

    But I think the thing I am learning more than anything is that I hate a regular job. I am lazy and spend my life creating shortcuts to yield maximum results with minimal effort. Which coincidently makes for the good framework of an entrepreneur. Also you should be able to spell the word itself which is difficult task number one. But my disposition has created a new drive to work smart. If I need money and I hate traditional work I am more aware now that my freelance gig is awesome. And knowing that gives me a new drive to see that I can be good at this and I can make that fat check that everyone has been running around looking for.

  2. Merry Christmas to you as well!

    “What moment this year served as proof that “everything is going to be okay” for you?”

    This might sound simplistic, but it was a series of life events that worked out when I honestly couldn’t see how they could ever lead to good stuff. I was laid off last winter….but we adjusted our budget and were actually able to save a fair amount of money this year even with only one paycheque coming in.

    A family member was dangerously ill this fall but she’s ok now.

    My SO and I decided to move across the country and within a few weeks had found a place to live and discovered about a dozen old friends or acquaintances who had either moved to the same area in British Columbia or were planning to do so in the near future.

    I know these things won’t always work out the way I want them to in the future. Eventually people I love will die unfortunately, for example. But so many of the things that stressed me out turned out to be ok (or even great!) in the end. I’m slowly learning not to worry so much about the details and focus on the big picture.

  3. I always feel that what you focus on is what you get. If you focus on the worst case, guess what will happen….

    Fear is not a good motivator, it leads to a hand to mouth existence, let intuition and inspiration guide you, look for the best-case scenario, love what you do and people will love it too.

  4. In a year I went from graduating college, getting a job, starting a company on the side, to quitting my job. While that may seem crazy to most people, I met so many freelancers and entrepreneurs and found there’s nothing quite like having the freedom to work for yourself. I would rather work longer hours a week and choose when I do them than be chained to a 9-5 schedule.

    There was a moment last November when I realized how little it meant to actually “have a job”, and that I could be happy and free doing what I love working for myself. That’s when I knew everything was going to be okay .

  5. The worst case scenario is that nothing happens and the world keeps spinning and you leave no mark for the better. That’s a bad case scenario, but oh well! Time to start rocking!