Today’s post is going to ruffle some feathers, but that’s the way it goes. When you’re young, older people offer an abundance of well meaning career advice that is often outdated. I am 44 years old, so you can imagine the career advice that I was given in the early 1990s… go to college, get a job, save for retirement. Sounds pretty familiar, right? There are still a large number of families and guidance counselors giving this advice to teens today. I know this because I have a teen, and I see what messages he’s getting from his high school. The cherry on top of that career advice was, “become a teacher. You’ll get summers off and have the same schedule as your kids.” Sounds pretty logical, right? This advice was obviously given by someone who was not a teacher in public education. Today, I am going to share the reality of being a teacher and the career advice that I wish I had been given and that I am giving to my children today.
Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Fear is necessary for our survival. It keeps us close to our mother when we are young. It makes us run faster when we are chased by a barking dog. Fear triggers the adrenal gland and gives us an edge when our safety depends on it.
However, our body can lie to us. Fear can grip us and tell us that we are in danger when we simply need to talk to someone. Fear can keep us from moving forward in situations that are perfectly safe.
It’s pretty ironic to me that I am writing this post because I am what you’d call a free spirit. I don’t think like other people, and I tend to do what I darn well please. You’re probably shaking your head in agreement because these are common traits of the entrepreneur. Am I right? Yet, I’ve learned that to be successful, you must be coachable.
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