ASK JOHN Lee I WANT TO QUIT MY JOB AND START MY BUSINESS BUT I AM AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS… What would you suggest? Lena Dear Lena Thanks for your question… A very real and very common question that is relevant to each and every one of us when it comes to leaving a job to start a new business. There are hundreds of great motivational quotes around fear. One of my favourites is by Eleanor Roosevelt, referred to in Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person”. The quote is “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do”. Genius and so relevant to this piece. If you haven’t read this book, as a woman wanting to start her own business, it is a ‘must’ when you consider that one of the most successful female names in global broadcasting (and who dominates Thursday nights on prime-time television), ie Queen Shonda of ‘Shondaland’, lives in fear. Even today. Despite the fame and the glamour and the multiple awards. Fear is Mother Nature’s way of moving us forward in a ‘fight or flight’ way. The greatest secret that I can share with you is that fear is only as powerful as you allow it to be. What starts in your head will affect how and what you do thereafter, depending on how you control your mind (rather than allowing ‘it’ to control you). The more focus on fear, the more it will control your behaviour and actions. When I told my parents in my teens that I wanted to go to University [...]

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