From Corporate Life to Entrepreneurial Endeavors

A few months back, I hosted my first live stream event in Lisbon with life coach Kate Bagoy.  But it didn’t go well.  It went GREAT, like…2,100 views great.

This was a scary moment for me for a number of reasons: 1) I’ve seen people operate tech with more ease than I do, 2) being front of a camera can be scary and 3) this was the first time trying something big and new – and with an audience.  I’m happy to report that the event not only went off without a hitch.  (Well, unless you count me almost turning us off.)  Major success.

MORAL OF THE STORY: don’t be afraid to try something new in your business.

Do something different, but don’t live in fear.

Not all entrepreneurs even get to the phase of trying something new because they never did anything with their initial idea or concept in the first place.  Why?  Oh, I don’t know.  Maybe any one of the million fears about being a business owner?!?!?  Fear of knowing where to start, how to start and where the money is going to come from. (You mean they don’t just give money out to people with a good idea and a dazzling smile?!) Fear of how to juggle the present day job, the kids, a marriage and, ultimately, losing balance.

Let me share something with you.  I wanted to start this live stream event WAY before I did.  So, what took you so long, Carin?   Fear.  I thought people wouldn’t care what I had to say. Therefore, no one would show up, and I’d find myself having a conversation with my phone.

So, you can choose to try, or you can live in the land of failure before starting, which is utterly ridiculous and, frankly, a complete waste of time.  Plus, I’m pretty sure you don’t have a crystal ball to see you’re future, and, if you do, I’d gladly send you my address and ask you to send one my way.

Taking the leap of faith

My recent post on the entrepreneurial mindset got a great response.  Many of the inquiries I received helped fuel this post on how to take “the” big leap of faith on yourself that we all fear and how to come out ahead after making your move.  The questions I received were to the tune of “how did you come up with your plan?” or “how did you know it was going to work out?”

Two things here:

  1. The plan was no plan.  I had some general ideas about what I wanted to do and how I was going to go about things operationally, but I would figure that out along the way.  (In hindsight, when you have no plan, you’re forced to move a hell of a lot quicker and more strategically.)
  2. I didn’t know it was going to work out.  I still don’t.  Things are working, and working well most days, but running a business isn’t an overnight success, and the reality is that it can take years.  You have to be flexible with your plan and how you get to your end game.  Mark my words, plans WILL change along the way, and you have to, have to, have to be okay with that.  Always keep all options open.

Make a damn decision

If there’s one big lesson I can share with you, it is this: know how to make a damn decision.  (Note my rant at 5:55 about ripping the band-aid.)  Too often, we find ourselves sitting in limbo, this area of grey (not the 50 Shades kind), and hee-hawing about whether we should or shouldn’t.  You don’t have to know where you’re going, but know when to make your move.

Without further ado, Live From Lisbon with Kate Bagoy!
(Be sure to click on Kate’s banner on the right-hand side of my page to learn more and schedule a free coaching session!)

One Response to “From Corporate Life to Entrepreneurial Endeavors”

  1. Diane Staba

    Such an uplifting success story with facing your fears and proving the only way to keep moving is forward 😃


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