I'm not a journalist, but back in 2007 I launched my blog and began writing about my industry.

It was terrifying, but I did it anyway.

A manager read my post and gave me a job. I was no longer terrified about blogging.

During that job, I had to figure out a way to communicate to headquarters in Berlin while I was in New York. So I hired NYU film students to film my quarterly updates.

It was terrifying, but I did it anyway.

Two years later a producer Google "Social Media Guru" and found one of those videos. He put me on TV that same day. I'm happy I pushed through that terror.

When I was a Director of Sales I noticed that the speakers at conferences were no better at their jobs than me. So I volunteered to speak at my first event.

It was terrifying, but I did it anyway.

Now I get paid to keynote events. What I speak about has evolved over the years. It used to be about social media, but I find myself speaking about being authentic. I love it.

In 2012, my Father was ill with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. I wanted to do something big to show him how much I love him. So I decided to run the New York City Marathon. That scared me.

They canceled the New York City Marathon for the first time in its history that year.

It was a terrifying decision, but I chose to run it anyway. On my own.

My Father was waiting for me at the finish line. It was a billion times better than finishing the real marathon without him there.

Seven years ago I got fired and had to either become an entrepreneur or get another soul crushing job. I had to figure things out quickly or sell my house.

It was terrifying to go out on my own, but I did it.

I've been my own boss for the past seven years, and I get to be creative and control my own destiny. It was the best decision of my career.

If you're terrified, then you must do it.

The more you do the things that terrify you, the more you will become accustomed to that feeling. Your body will adjust, your mind will morph, and your spirit will soar.

Published on: Jul 28, 2017
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