Last Saturday, I jumped off a building. I recently made light of it in a blog post on Richmondmom.com, but the truth is, it was pretty darn scary.
I had never rappeled from anything before, let alone a 400-ft. building in downtown Richmond (the SunTrust building). But when I saw some of my friends from Twitter doing this challenge for Over the Edge for Special Olympics VA last year I knew I couldn’t let the chance go by without trying it this year.
With thanks to HCA for helping me make the $1,000 in donations needed in order to jump, I saddled up into a bunch of gear and took a looooong elevator ride to a bunch of stairs to the most amazing view in Richmond, before “sitting into nothing” and rappeling down 400 feet to the ground.
I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Now, I’m not afraid anymore.
I find that it’s the same in business. When I started, I was a bit afraid of cold calling businesses introducing my site: would they have heard of Richmondmom.com? No. Would they be interested in partnering withRichmondmom.com? Sure, why not! Would I call them today? Nah, how about tomorrow. . it’s too easy to stay busy with other work than grow the business.
But the truth is that I didn’t have much business, and I had three kids to feed and Christmas was coming. So cold-call I did. Determination was all I had. And sales came through. I had a ton of work to do, and was thrilled to have paying customers to do it for.
Do what we’re most afraid of, and we won’t be afraid any more.