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Where Do I Begin?

14 Dec

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.  ~Richard L. Evans

Everyone needs a hero or two. Especially if you’re starting a new venture. If you’re up here in Silicon Valley there are plenty of heroes you can look up to: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Gordon Moore, Guy Kawasaki and many others.

But, the problem with emulating a wealthy or successful person is that we recognize them at the height of their career. They have arrived. Some are even lauded for their “overnight success.” But the true lesson of how they succeeded goes back to when they had nothing but an idea and a dream.

First, very few successful people can be classified as an overnight success. What lead up to that success was usually years of hard work, first learning a craft and then practicing that craft over and over until they were the best of the best at it. For Bill Gates it was learning to program computers starting in high school. For Steve Jobs it was his tinkering with early computers and his belief that he and Steve Wozniak could build a better one.

Every successful person started from a place just like the place you are right now. I know that place. It’s scary. Having started a number of successful (and unsuccessful companies), I know the fear and doubt that come from stepping forward with only an idea and a belief in yourself that you will succeed. This is the place where everyone starts.

Starting a new career, company or even a new relationship, all come with risk. Remember risk is nothing more than giving up the known for the unknown. But along with the fear you are going to experience, will come doubt. Doubt that you may not be capable or talented enough, or in the case of a new relationship, lovable enough. Believe me – you are enough.

Inherent in you are all the things you need to create your dreams. Know that the path may not always be easy, but the people and the resources you will need for success are already on your course. They’re waiting for you. All you need to do is overpower your fears and take your first faltering steps.

To new beginnings,