In Spite Of Fear
Each and everyone of us has a moment in our lives we believe defines us. When it comes to entrepreneurs, I believe we have many of these as we are tested time and time again.
Through tests of character, courage, and finance, we find ourselves asking over and over again, why do I do what I do?
It wasn’t until my second year of my doctorate program that I asked myself this question. Until then, everything I did was because I thought I was simply supposed to. But when I really pondered this question, when I really asked myself why I was doing what I was doing, it broke me. I had absolutely no love for pharmacy, I had no desire to be in school, and I certainly didn’t enjoy the city I was studying in. So, why was I there? Soon after I became so discontent and unnerved by my situation that I began looking for a way out. I began praying for guidance and just when I thought God wasn’t listening, he presented me with my answer. My way out. An extreme, yet fruitful way out.
I was offered a business opportunity in Dallas TX that I would’ve been stupid to refuse. Even though I knew this, I was terrified. Texas? I didn’t want to live in Texas. What was I going to do about school, my student loans, I came this far shouldn’t I just finish? I had every excuse in the world.
Yet, the next week, I packed as many of my belongings as I possibly could into my mustang, and drove to my new home in Dallas. Without knowing what laid ahead, I left everything behind. When I pulled into the garage at my new home, I sat frozen as I realized something that would shape me for the rest of my life.
Everyone experiences fear, but it is the people that act in spite of fear that achieve the most in life. It is the people that take the leap into the unknown in pursuit of what they love, that find their wings. It was in that moment that I decided regardless of what lay ahead of me, I would never let fear hinder my ability to act or move forward.
A year and a half later, I now own three businesses and I am very blessed in those endeavors. I am working in the orthopedic sales space specializing in knee and hip replacements, I own a media and marketing company which we have grown to a multi hundred thousand dollar company in under six months, and a ventures company from which I dabble in real estate, AirBnB and some other automated passive income ventures. As an entrepreneur it is very important to me to be able to make money regardless of where I am in the world, as traveling and immersing myself in new experiences and ways of thinking are vital to the inception and cultivation of new ideas and the fire inside that keeps us entrepreneurs on the hunt for more. With that in mind, I make sure each venture I embark on is one that does not impede on that freedom. This lifestyle affords me the time and mental capacity to grow as a man, mentally physically and spiritually, while helping those I love most. To me, no amount of money is worth losing that capability.
God has gotten me through every hardship and I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am financially, spiritually or mentally had I not made the simple choice to just follow my heart and push my fear to the side.
If there is one thing you take from this, no matter how scared you are, do it.