Good Morning my friends.. This morning I will put a little spin on the usual inspirational post for the morning.
As most of you know, the other day I picked up a book called “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie the founder of Toms shoes!!
I wanted to share this morning a few notes from his book and I so wish I could gift this book to every single one of you as it’s sure one of the books that will change your life and help you see things in a different point of view! I started seeing life in a different point of view when I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer!! Even though the fight was not easy, I am most thankful that I had the hard awakening that WOW even though I was 31 at that time, my life could be over just like that and have I done with my life?? Did I do all that I loved to do? Did I start something that mattered that would last long after I was gone? The scary answer to that was a big, scary NO!
I can say that after cancer I started to live the life that I was intended to live, I taught myself photography, I started a non profit organization, Tiny Sparrow Foundation, to take pictures of children that are facing life threatening illness and provide those last memories for these families and recently I am just sharing my talent with you… with people all over the world!!! I love what I do and even though the timing when I started all this was not right, the fear was so great.. I did not give up, I worked hard and I love where I am at this point in my life. And you can do it too!!! Just don’t left fear take over your life!!!
I think why I am most thankful for my cancer journey is that cancer wiped away a lot of my fears.. Well I am still human and have some fears .. but a lot of the fears like what would others say about me, what if I don’t know how to do this, what if I will make a fool of myself.. all those fears that we all have… well they are GONE. When you are faced with the reality that OMG I might be gone if this cancer beast returns, if I don’t make it, then the question, what have I done with my life is becoming such a reality that you are thankful for every single day of your life, and you live every day like it was your last!
Now when I have big fears, I put it this way: Well, I am not sure how long I have, yes I am cancer free but this beast can came uninvited in my life at any time and I always feel like I am running out of time, so who cares that I might not say things right, or that I might sound that I am not a professional.. Well I am human and then a professional. My goal in life is to built people up, to encourage, to start things that matter, things that will be here when I am gone!!!
And this book, Start something that Matters, is all about what I believe in. Today I wanted to share with you a little paragraph about FEAR!!!
“Fear is much more common than most people realize. That’s because we live in a society were fear isn’t something we life to talk about; as a rule, we’re much more impressed by boldness. But fear happens to everyone – especially anyone who is starting a business, interviewing for a job, or rallying people around a cause.
Fear stays with us throughout our lives. When we’re unemployed, we fear that we’ll never get another job. When we do get a job, we fear being fired. When we invest our earnings, we fear losing our savings. And when we start our own company, throwing in our own savings and efforts and faith, we fear losing everything.
Since fear is going to be with us for the rest of our lives, we must lear to face it, and the first step is understanding what fear is.
Fear happens when we feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible situation or event – in other words, something that hasn’t even happened yet. It’s our brain’s way of telling us to pay attention and to alert us to dangers or risks. Without fear, our ancestors would have walked right up to a saber-toothed tiger or woolly mammoth and become that night’s dinner. We no longer face prehistoric predators, but we still need to listen to fear when it warns us not to jump out of an airplane without a parachute, pick a fight with someone twice our size, or walk into a busy street without looking.
But instead of responding to fear with actions, too many people STOP acting when they feel fear. They feel overwhelmed. They retreat. They give up. And often they use it as an excuse not to start something that matters….
EVERYONE fells fear in business at some point, but the important thing to remember is that what you fear won’t kill you, in business at least. Those who are successful face up to their fears and create a pan to overcome them.
In fact, the more you read about successful enterprises the more you’ll discover how many successful people, faced with rejection, bankruptcy, loss of support, or outright failure had every opportunity to shut down what they were doing and simply fold. Instead, they faced their fears, manages to get past them, and ultimately triumphed.”
Well if you made it this far with the reading and you did not give up when you saw the length of this post I can reassure you that you have the drive and courage of somebody that will start things that matter in life!! Don’t give in to your fears!! Rather face them!! Admit that you are scared.. that’s what works for me at least.
I am very honest and I tell people that yes I am scared to make the youtube videos, yes I am intimidated to talk in front of a group of people, yes I make lots of mistakes and loose my words when I talk but this is me, this is part of who I am, part of my story and if I can accept myself for who I am and not hide myself behind a perfect appearance, first I am more approachable and second people will relate to me and will so understand when I make a mistake.
I am not on a mission to live a perfect life with no mistakes and not do anything… I am on a mission to go after what I love to do in life, to learn from my mistakes, but to leave a whole lot of things that surely matters!!!
Hope you can come and join me and star doing things that mattered!!!