I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who was commenting about he felt really "content" with his career and how he was in a "good place". While I was happy for him, it literally sent shock waves through my body. It actually brought up all of these insecurities I had about being an entrepreneur. Good insecurities.
I remember when I started my career by launching my first company, Beckerman PR. I was always so damn panicked. Every day, I feared I was going to go out of business. Literally. Years had gone by and my company was thriving, and yet I still was panicked. I would lie awake at night thinking of all of the ways I could fail. Insanity!
But, then I remember reading a book by Andy Grove called Only the Paranoid Survive and I realized that I wasn’t alone in this crazy outlook. I learned that the insecurities I felt were what was making me work harder and smarter. They forced me to continually dig deeper in order to give more and more to my company. So, it was clearly the fear of failure that propelled me.
Fast-forward to a few years ago and I had the dreaded feeling...I was CONTENT! I had accomplished more than I had ever dreamed of (it’s not that hard to do actually when you are born with such limited skills :) but I was getting to the point where I could take my foot off the pedal and start to enjoy the fruits of my labor, just a tiny bit. Then, the panic set back in and I realized I desperately needed to do something to get the fear back in me. Sounds crazy, I know.
And so I relaunched, rebuilt and was reborn through The News Funnel, a real estate news site, and I am as fearful, scared and paranoid as ever! Who the hell would ever seek such a job???!!! But for me, it’s what keeps me inspired, motivated and learning every day.
Think about what happens to people, and even companies, when they get complacent and content. It’s never good.Your competition (whether it’s another employee or another company) is just waiting for you to get soft and take your eyes off the prize. Innovation doesn’t sleep, either. The pace of change is so fast now that if you’re not innovating, you’re dying. And...
Wait, maybe this is me being paranoid again:)