In This Episode

Have you ever seen the movie Rudy?  It’s based on a true story of a young man whose biggest desire was to play football for Notre Dame.  As with any great story there are many obstacles for our hero to overcome including his limited physical abilities.  Perhaps the most challenging obstacle that Rudy and many of us face is the doubters around us who tell us we’re crazy for thinking something is possible or that it can’t be done.  It’s often easy to give into this fear of failure and start to doubt ourselves.

One of the biggest obstacles for the start or successful running of a business is fear.  Like many fears they are often rooted in what we don’t know.  This fear of the unknown can be debilitating in many aspects of life, but especially when it comes to starting or buying your own business.  So many “what ifs” to consider.  How do I know I’m even asking the right questions?  Who do you turn to with questions?  Who is guiding you through the process?

As with our hero Rudy, many of the folks closest to him including family were doubting him and his dream.  So he had to look outside his family for support and encouragement as well as find some answers to his questions from folks who have been there and done it.  A big part of starting something new is getting out of your comfort zone which can be as simple as getting out of your circle of influence with people you know so you can find answers to many of those vexing questions.

So if one of your dreams is to run your own business some day, be sure you are surrounding yourself with folks who have done what you’re looking to do.  It’s not to say you can’t do it on your own, but your odds of success increase tremendously when you tap into folks who have been there before as it can help you avoid many common mistakes and accelerate your growth.  A great place to start is with your Know Like Trust list!


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