Fear stops people from achieving their dreams. The risk of failure, of the unknown and even the loss of some hard earned assets can be the factor that shuts down an opportunity.
When we started Eagle (in 1996) we took a leap of faith that we could turn the various assets we bought, into a going concern.
We took on significant debt, mortgaged to the hilt and started a business that very nearly failed in the first month. The failure would have meant starting over for me and my family (at age 41) , and a similar story for the partners who chose to invest at that time.
We knew that heading in, and we went for it anyway.
I can tell you it was scary, it was very motivating and yet it was incredibly rewarding.
The biggest leaps do generally bring the biggest risks … but also the biggest rewards.
If you find yourself with that kind of decision you need to understand that only you can make that decision, and there are no guarantees in life;
BUT if you BELIEVE you can do it and are willing todo what it takes, then chances are you WILL have success.
Understand the opportunity.
Understand the risks.
Understand the rewards.
And sometimes you just have to take that Leap of Faith!
“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘Wow that was an adventure’, NOT, ‘Wow I sure felt safe!'” Tom Preston-Werner