It takes courage to change the world

‘He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.’

– Muhammad Ali


Just yesterday I spent time advising a young entrepreneur on the actions he might take for a position he was pitching for in a new Asia based start up.  He was uncertain about the uncertainty, was working for free and really didn’t know if this was the thing for him.  Well he thought is was (maybe).

There are times where we all need feedback from people who carry more experience than ourselves.  This helps us see what we can’t see of our inner self and to (sometimes) receive some down right open and direct honest truth.

Sometimes that can hurt.

Other times is can be a pleasant surprise.

When we go hunting for recognition our open thought might be ‘well I did a great job on that and I hope they recognise the effort I put in – all those  free extra hours’.  Unfortunately if you are hunting for recognition it is likely you’ll end up on the emotionally hurt side of the fence.

It takes courage to step up and ask direct questions from the leaders who are directing our work pathway. It also takes courage to dig in and work hard and learn masses along the way.  Growth comes through learning and experience and failure, it takes courage to pit yourself against the arduous journey that presents.

So, my friend the entrepreneur got his butt kicked.  He asked for feedback and the truth came flying back at him with a direct directness that although subtle said

You’re dreaming mate, go away and learn some more.  Go and get the right experience

So this is where the young guy stepped up with courage.  He took away the feedback, dissected it, reflected on the reality, agreed with 90% of it and then publicly share his 10 moments of truth where he overestimated his own abilities.

‘I have no regrets. Without this journey I would still overestimate myself. And I got one of the most accurate and valuable feedbacks in my life.

I actually feel relieved. I take a break from “hustling” and prepare myself better, financially, skillingly (is that even a word?) and emotionally.’

That takes courage.  This guy has learned masses in a short time about himself.  He has already stepped forward to take on his next personal growth challenge.  What new step did you take today?

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