My wife, RVP Adriana, recently told me that she had to overcome shyness in order to succeed in her business. And the shyness was unfounded because she really wasn’t shy – she was told she was shy as she grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Boldness is necessary in business. But make sure your boldness is based on an intelligent assessment of potential risks and rewards. If you do, your boldness becomes courage.
Of course, I’ve found that this applies to integrity, persistence, courtesy, love and courage. Reminds me of the advice and old man gave his grandson – “Act boldly, and unseen forces will come to your aid.”
If you’re in business for yourself, you know how important courage becomes when you use it to step out in the face of uncertainty – will they like me, like my products, my presentation, network marketing… But just think of every great venture in history – Columbus, Ben Franklin, Neil Armstrong… it was done with faith and a giant leap into the unknown.
Babson College conducted a 12 year study on successful entrepreneurs. They concluded that the only thing they had in common was the willingness to step out in faith. Once they started… THEN they learned what they needed to succeed.
So my challenge to you is to dare, dare to go forward!
Homework for you – Just do it! Step out in faith. Surprise yourself. Act with audacity. It may get you into trouble – but even more audacity will get you out.
Let me recommend this book on integrity that has helped me.