Anxiety-driven survival! John and I lost our jobs at a big radio network on the same day. Financially, we were blindsided. So after using our funds looking for work, we sold some gold coins we owned, gathering first and last months’ rent and deposit, and with shaking hands (and 3 microphones), we leased a tiny apartment on Hollywood Way in Burbank. We built our studio in the living room and then started cold-calling businesses to sell them audio messaging.
That era in our business life was born out of anxiety-driven survival. It’s part of the fight or flight thing, and not always bad — it has made many an entrepreneur get rolling — but it’s scary at the time, and not so great for your health. Successful entrepreneurs learn to consciously recognize when they need to direct their thoughts and resources to their business and block out thoughts of impending doom. Practice this the next time you want to throw up your hands in despair!
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One of the outstanding traits of an entrepreneur is survival. Take a self-made multimillionaire’s money away, and he or she will make it all over again. Small business owners survive storms, earthquakes, illness, deaths in the family, job losses, bad economies, new taxes, terrorist attacks, you name it. These events are life changing, to be sure, but to a true survivor, they are mere bumps in the road. Many of you have been through a lot in the past 10 years — and you may have a few scars — but all in all, what you have learned in starting and growing your own business becomes a lifetime reward.