I saw an inspiring video with Barbara Corcoran. She started out with nothing and went on to be one of the most successful real estate entrepreneurs. The video clip ends with her telling the audience the worst advice her mother ever gave her (and most of the advice was good): “Don’t go out and start something on your own. Build up your resume first.” Barbara says that she never meets anyone who was disappointed to have tried a new venture, to have taken a risk, even if it failed. On the other hand, she says that most people she meets are disappointed to have never tried what they always wanted to do.
Just like the saying: “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” I like to think “It’s better to have tried and failed than to have never even given it a shot.” We need more folks to take risks, but not just financial risks. Being brandful is taking a risk on doing something that you love, falling in love with a product, and following that passion over a certain promotion or career ladder. By the way, ladders have made may to lattices and not all momentum is upward. I see many folks that have invested so much into their profession or career, only to find out along the journey that they are really passionate about something else. Don’t allow yourself to become trapped. Thank you Barbara for inspiring my blog today.
Click here to see the short video clip of Barbara Corcoran