It’s Okay to BE Different

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“I can’t possibly do that. Everybody will think I am crazy.”

The two statements above give you an out from ever trying anything new and challenging. Both statements seamlessly allow you to avoid risk, and perhaps most importantly, potential failure.

You often think about and consider your huge idea that has all of the potential in the world. And instead of pursuing the idea, and the long days and sleepless nights that it will require, you follow the path of safety and least resistance.

For a long time I knew I was different.

Not circus freak different but always pursuing goals that were different from my peers.

The first time this occurred was when I was twenty and I left college to go to Hawaii to try and make a go of it.

“You’re crazy.” “You’re insane.” “What about your career?”

They all exclaimed.

You know what? Nothing catastrophic happened to me. When I got to Hawaii I woke up the same as I did when I was at home. I might have failed miserably (lesson for another day) and returned home six months later, but I learned that I was not crazy or insane.

Just different.

I think most entrepreneurs and small business owners can be classified as risk takers.

We all fight the “Everybody will think I am crazy” and “What if I fail miserably” demons.

BUT, that is what separates us from them. We fight through those fears even if it feels like we are running a marathon with cement shoes on.

We are different.

If you have a project, a small business dream, or a goal that you have been putting off, PLEASE dare to be different!

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Mark Hayward


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