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Why It’s Never Too Late To Do Something Great

Why It’s Never Too Late To Do Something Great

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    Do you sometimes feel lost in life?

    Like every time you’re turning a new corner, beginning a new chapter, you find out it’s still not what you were looking for?

    Are you afraid you might never be successful, because your life and career feel like a maze?

    Don’t be! Let this infographic from Funders and Founders show you that it’s okay to take an indirect path to success.

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    In 2011, German game developer, Andreas Illiger, released a mini game on the iTunes App Store, called Tiny Wings.

    The game was fun, upbeat and apparently so addictive that it dominated the App Store charts for months. At $0.99 it generated over 10 million downloads to date, making the 20-something developer a millionaire.

    If you’re like me, hearing these kinds of stories will make you feel bad about yourself, just because you wonder: “Why do I feel so lost?”

    Well, guess who else felt a little lost once?

    Mark Cuban.

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    Cuban is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, so it’s hard to believe that at 25 years old, he was working as a bartender, housing in a 3 bedroom apartment with 5 friends, living off beer and happy hour food with all his clothes in one big pile on the floor.

    Luckily, Anna Vital from Funders and Founders has compiled his and 11 other stories into this one, beautiful infographic.

    Success is not achieved in a straight line. It never is.

    Andreas Illiger had been coding for many years before he landed his first big hit.

    Harrison Ford, famous face of Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy (and now in part 7 of the series at age 73!) and Indiana Jones, was working as a carpenter until 30 years old.

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    I bet he didn’t think he’d ever get his big break either.

    Then there’s J.K. Rowling, until 31 she was a single mum on welfare, who’s now the first ever billionaire author, after creating the Harry Potter series.

    Even at 50 years old, you could still be wandering through life and not have arrived at your destination yet, as Ray Kroc perfectly proves.

    The man who grew McDonalds to serving 68 million people around the globe every single day sold paper cups and milkshake mixers until he was 52 years old, before he franchised the McDonald’s concept.

    If you feel lost in life right now, remember that the path to success is always complicated, with many twists and turns, not all of which might make sense today.

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    But you can’t give up.

    One day, you will look back on everything you’ve done and see how it all added up to your success.

    For now, just keep wandering, because as J. R. R. Tolkien said: “Not all those who wander are lost“.

    Tolkien is the author of The Lord of the Rings, the second-best selling novel of all time.

    He published it when he was 63 years old.

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    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

    4. See failure as a teacher

    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

    5. Take baby steps

    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

    6. Hang out with risk takers

    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

    10. Focus on the fun

    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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