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If you want to achieve greatness…

01.25.2012

Being a business owner is interesting. It’s a never ending roller coaster of trial and error, learning, implementing, failing, and succeeding. Often. There are no “rules” per se. There are basic guidelines, but there’s no formal handbook that says, “Do X, Y, and Z and you will achieve optimum success.” If it were that easy, many more people would do it.

if you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission - eddie colla

I found this quote today and couldn’t agree more. I often find myself in this challenge where I want to ask someone for permission if something is okay to do. But there is no one to ask. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut, have faith, and do it. Rather than asking for permission, beg for forgiveness later, if needed.

Having grown up within the confines of rules and regulations in school, being my own boss has its own sets of obstacles. It’s a whole new mindset. I think that in times when I’m feeling lost or confused, I will come back to this quote. And instead of just wondering if it’s something I should do or try, do it, learn from it, and improve from it. Instead of waiting for someone (and probably no one at that) to give me permission, I will give myself permission to fail. I will give myself permission to test, try, get it wrong, and experiment until I get it right, or find what works well for me.

In the words of Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work.”

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