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G’day! I’m the Ironing Diva. My partner, Victor Pleshev, and I lost everything in Australia’s 1992 ‘recession we had to have’. Pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, we did what everyone said we couldn’t do. We reinvented ourselves. Created a new business, The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies. And carved out an enviable lifestyle on our beautiful remote rural property in the picturesque hill country of The Central Tablelands of NSW. The roller coaster ride along this Yellow Brick Road was peppered with unconscionable lows. And extraordinary highs. We had to overcome the self-doubt that plagued us. Rise above the fear of the unknown. And be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. These are my stories about ‘How We Built A Worldwide Business From Broke’. ~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
Fear. It Hobbles Everyone.
Everyone. But everyone. Lives with some form of fear. No exceptions. People in power. People with no power. People with money. People with no money.
Powerful people fear losing their power.
People with no power fear what people with power can do to them.
Wealthy people fear losing their wealth.
People with no wealth fear living in poverty.
Wealthy men fear some women could mainly be interested in them because of their . . . wealth.
Celebrities fear that people may only want to know them because . . . they are famous.
Some people fear success. And how it will change their life. And distance them from their friends and family.
Fear taunts you with bad outcomes. And how life will be when your fear comes true.
And it starts at a very early age.
We have been conditioned to live our lives in fear since childhood. It starts with: don’t go near that hot stove. Every mother and father has uttered those words to a young child.
It’s an emotion to make people stop doing things. And it works!
As we move through childhood, peer pressure, the fear of losing our friends if we don’t tow the line and do what everyone else is doing, takes hold. Teachers make us fearful of the consequences if we misbehave. Or don’t study. Religion makes us fearful of others who don’t believe what we do. It’s the basis of religious wars.
Entering adulthood, we fear for our future if we don’t get the right education. The right job. Live in the right neighbourhood. Don’t have enough money to live a prosperous life.
Employers make us fearful of losing our jobs if we don’t absorb the corporate culture.
If you’re a black man today living in a major city with a majority white population, anywhere in the world, the police have worked very hard to ensure that all black men are afraid of them.
And most important of all. Fear makes people afraid to try. And afraid to fail.
Fear makes people tow the line. Fear keeps society in check. Fear makes sure there is a price to pay for breaking free. Of fear.
And fear looms large. Very large. In everyone’s life.
That’s why it’s so hard to jump over. Under. Around. Fear.
Why don’t we make that cold phone call to XYZ company? Because we’re fearful of rejection. We’re fearful of failure. What will they think of me? Why don’t they want to talk to me?
Why don’t we ask that girl/guy out who we think is awesome? Because we’re fearful of failure. And we’ll hurt inside if they say no.
Why don’t we walk up to that famous person and tell them how much we adore them? Because we’re afraid they may turn their back on us. Spurn our adoration. And spoil our vision of them forever.
All of the above fears are always on the cards. Yes. They can all happen.
What if that cold telephone call leads to a 7 figure outcome? What if that awesome guy or girl says YES!? What if that famous person turns out to be a Tom Hanks. And poses with you for your wedding photos?
Taking the safe road is sometimes a very good idea.
It’s not a good idea to put your hand on a hot stove. It’s not a good idea to jump off the top of a building. It’s not a good idea to teeter over the edge of a cliff. It’s not a good idea to swim in shark or crocodile infested waters. It’s not a good idea to take impulsive, uncalculated, dangerous risks that may end your life without you meaning to.
But far too often, fear makes us mediocre.
It’s the bold who get to pull the brass ring. And reap the rewards. Or the prize.
It’s the bold who convince themselves that nothing will/should stop them from reaching their goal.
It’s the bold who are not afraid to try. And fail.
It’s the bold who have the discipline. The ambition. The chutzpah. And the determination. To make things happen in their life. Not only for themselves. But for other people.
Boldness changes lives.
The reality is that only a small percentage of people have the courage to stampede through fear. Because that’s what it takes. Courage. In copious amounts. To combat a lifetime of being taught to be afraid.
You also have to be prepared to pay the price to step outside of the box that is fear. And be different to those around you. And more successful.
Because. The best person in a field is admired by some. And. Because of jealousy. Belittled by others.
When you’re mediocre, you get lost in the crowd. You go unnoticed.
When you’re in the fastlane. Everyone notices. ~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
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