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The Fear Factor

Today is September 1, 2010 and I am just 28 days away from starting my new project “365give”. If you have read “My Story” or earlier posts, you will see I have never blogged before.  Not only have I never blogged before but my technical savvy stops at attaching a document to an email. So practice makes perfect. I thought I would share a few stories with you about what exactly brought me to this point in my life. I will become a better blogger and you may find something about my story that resonates with you.

Today’s topic – fear.

I like to consider myself smart. I am not highly educated with letters behind my name but I have experience and I work hard. I am resourceful, I have had my own company for 15 years. I have raised millions of dollars for charity throughout my business and my person volunteer work. I have worked with celebrities, billionaires and the homeless. Very few people or situations intimidate me but we all have moments in our life where things flat out scare us. Changing the world is one of those things for me.

I have had a number of brilliant mentors in my life, one being Harry Rosen. Yes there really is a man, Harry Rosen.  I worked for Harry in a management role in his stores for a number of years. I was young and there were very few women working in management levels at that time. (I’m not that old I was just really young at the time!) I will always remember one of my first training sessions I did with Harry. He was teaching a group of us how to measure for a custom made suit.

I was so terrified he would pick me to measure him I decided to step up and volunteer. Other than the fact Harry like to wear his pants a little to tight around his waist and I felt they would look better a little looser, I nailed it. I gained Harry’s respect and all the men standing watching me. I was 25 years old amongst men twice my age and four times the experience, but the lesson I learned that day was to get over your fear. Instead of running and hiding, I stepped towards my fear. Right into the middle of it.

When was the last time you were really scared about doing something? Did you walk away from it or jump into it knowing you at tried.

This blog, 365give, has been this itch I have had for years that I just didn’t know how to scratch. Wanting to change the world isn’t really a small little project. I have had so many ideas, that have been so huge, I didn’t know where to start. Who would I approach to help me, fund me, hold my hand and walk me to my ultimate goal. How was I going to get there and not let fear get the best of me. It would be much easier to put the idea on the back burner until I retired or had more time or more money ( if I just won the lottery!) and just a little more wisdom to accomplish my goals.

This time I am going to do it. It’s not what you can’t do, but what you can do. Hell, I have figured out how to make a post on a blog – this is huge. It may have some type “o’s” (which I know you will all email me about or put up a comment), the grammar may be a bit rough, I definitely don’t know where this crazy journey is going to take me but what I do know, is that I have walked through my fear today and I am on the other side. Knowing I am doing something that may help or inspire so many is where I keep my eye.

As a friend said to me when I started talking about a “giving ” world wide project – reel it in. Don’t make the idea so big you can’t do anything to start. So here is my first step.

What can you do today to work towards a dream or goal you have today? What fear do you need to walk around. Once you start “doing” rather than thinking, you will be so busy fear won’t have time to pop in to say hi.

This is a great article I recently read that I thought was terrific from Think Simple Now.

Overcoming Fear

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)