Guest post by Trent
Chances are, whether you would like to admit it or not, you’re a coward right now. That may be a hard truth for you to face, but if you’re reading the material in this blog and you still spend the majority of your time working for someone else instead of following your own dreams because of fear, you are being a coward. There is hope though; even the bravest of heroes go through a cowardly phase and they always come out stronger. You can be the next hero to overcome your fears!
False Evidence Appearing Real
We all suffer from the same problem: FEAR. There is the common acronym False Evidence Appearing Real that everyone has heard and it’s a good way to look at fear. But what if the Evidence isn’t False? I will tell you, as an entrepreneur and self-employed writer, there are some real dangers and fears out here. The road to independence and living the life you dream of isn’t always easy, fun, or paved with gold. It is possible that you aren’t experienced enough in your field to be considered an “expert.” There’s a good chance you don’t have many people willing to listen to your thoughts on any particular subject right now. Likely, there is a very real fear that if you don’t pay your house payment on time, the bank will take that house away from you. These aren’t false creations of your mind; they are very real.
Even so, they should not stop you from following your dreams. Each and every one of your fears is surmountable, given the correct knowledge and drive. To be honest, you can overcome anything with enough drive; though having the knowledge makes the journey easier by far. The first step is discovering what you need to do and then begin to do it. The second, and most important step, is closing your mind to the possibility of failure. The first step is much easier than the second.
Finding the right information is surprisingly easy in modern times. With the availability and access to resources via the internet, you live in an unprecedented age of knowledge and development. Whether you want to learn about fly fishing or the effects of stress on the brains of animals, you can access this knowledge from the comfort of your own home. As this is a blog for writers wanting to earn a living writing, I’m going to assume learning how to make money online is a big focus for you.
You’re in the right place! Bamidele has been able to create more than one blog which earned over four figures in the first month! At the same time, he was making extra money getting paid hundreds of dollars for a single article. He’s putting this information online, most of it absolutely free for you. You need knowledge on how to earn a living simply by doing what you love? You’ve got it! Step one: check!
Don’t be too Comfortable
Now, if you have the knowledge, why haven’t you acted on it? Why are you still working at a job you don’t enjoy while you daydream about creating your own future? The truth is that you are too comfortable. Although you may dream about following your passion to write, you aren’t willing to take a leap of faith yet. You tell yourself “When I pay off all the credit cards” or “When the kids are out of college” or “when my husband gets his promotion” or some other future scenario you believe will alleviate your fears. These are really just mental excuses you’ve created so you don’t have to admit to yourself the real truth: you’re afraid and you’re being controlled by that fear.
Here’s where step 2 really kicks in. It’s much more difficult to take than step one, which is why only a few people ever take it. Step two involves burning your bridges and escape routes. Financial planners will tell you this is a terrible idea; I’ve known quite a few financial planners and not many have really had a great lifestyle. Safe and boring is how I would describe their attitude. I’ve known lots of successful entrepreneurs, and they all agree that this step was a huge turning point for them.
Burn Your Bridges
When you close off all other avenues for taking care of your basic needs except for your dream, you will figure out a way to make it work. If you ever read the biographies of great achievers, you will notice a common theme of persistence. If you dig a little deeper, you will notice a lack of options they allowed themselves. They threw everything they had behind their dreams, to the point that if the dream failed, they would literally have nothing – and they came out on top.
Scary stuff, huh? You might not like that idea at all. You may feel it’s irresponsible to leave a secure job to pursue a dream. If that’s the case, it’s okay. Not everyone will throw caution to the wind and chase their hearts desires. In fact, most people won’t.
But, those of you reading this and feeling the ring of truth in your hearts, you know you aren’t putting all you have into your dream. Are you a writer or a coward?
I have a challenge for this second, smaller group: quit everything you’re doing that doesn’t lead you closer to your dream within the next month. If your goal is to be a professional writer, leave your unrelated job and throw everything you have into earning a living in the profession of your choice, not the one you have found. If you need knowledge, Bamidele and I are here to help you in any way we can. If you need encouragement, we can help with that too.
It’s time to decide: are you a coward or a writer?
Let me know in the comments section if you’re a writer or a coward. I would love to hear your story and I will help you any way I can.
Trent Hand is a speaker, investor, and author of 10 Days to Your Magic Life. He is currently living in Antalya, Turkey and will be exploring South America soon. You can read more of his thoughts at www.magiclifenetwork.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.