By Pete O’Neal, Jr
It’s in You
Normally we see headlines related to bravery when we’re talking about the military. And it’s true, those who serve in the armed forces are extremely brave. I tip my hat to them and thank them for their service. Bravery is not limited, however, to military and first responders.
Bravery is also shown when someone leaves their job to run a small business they’ve been operating on the side. It’s shown when a creative decides to release her music to the world. It’s the moments where we decide that our dreams are more important than our fears. It’s bravery, and it’s in you.
Many people work their entire careers to climb the corporate ladder. Their jobs lock them into proverbial ‘handcuffs’, by offering fantastic benefits that make it difficult to leave. In a few cases, some people find themselves in a place of unhappiness. They had other plans in life, but started a family and choose the safe option — to work a 9-5.
Bravery Isn’t Limited to Entrepreneurship
Being brave isn’t something that is limited to starting your own business. It could be going to school to finish a degree, relocating to a new city to pursue that dream career, or starting a family and creating something lasting for your kids. To be brave in life means to step out on faith as you work toward your dreams and goals. It’s the effort you put into making your intangible dream a tangible reality.
Take some time out to figure out what your goals are and lay out a plan for how you’ll get there. Here are some things that might help get you started:
Take a moment to look at your life as it stands. What are you happy/unhappy about?
Analyze your financial picture, think about where you want to be in the future.
Look at your progression over the past 5 years. What has changed?
Think about your goals in 5 year chunks. Where you do want to be 5 years from today?
Think about how you can be brave in your own life. In what ways can you step out on faith in an effort to advance your own goals and see your vision come to fruition?
Don’t wait for anyone to give you permission to start working towards your dreams.