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Courage: The Anti-Drug for Small Business Start UpsSusan L. Reid
Perhaps you have heard of Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon.
No? Well, I am sure you will remember him as soon as I tell you he was the one who penned the popular quote, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Does that ring a bell? I didn’t know who Ambrose Redmoon was either until I did some research on him. What I discovered was that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear,” is only the first line of a much larger quote that he ‘wrote’ from the paraplegic confines of a wheelchair.
Born in 1933 in Painesville, Ohio, as James Neil Hollingworth, Ambrose was a beatnik, hippie, and former manager of legendary rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. At the age of 33, he was in a near-fatal car accident that left him confined to a wheelchair, dependent on the care of others. With his former life gone, he turned to writing. Though he struggled to get his writings published and was little known beyond a relatively small circle of mystic followers, Redmoon kept writing until he passed away in 1996. Five years before his death, though, he wrote an article for the fall issue of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions. In it, he gives the entire quote:
We all know of times when, in the midst of abject fear, courageous acts are done. We’ve all read the stories of a mother whose son is trapped underneath an overturned tractor. Desperate and focused only on saving her son’s life, she lifts the heavy farm tractor with one hand while rescuing her son with the other. Urban myth, maybe. However, you and I both know what fear feels like. We know how debilitating it is, how it can stop us in our tracks, and how it can make us run away. The courage the mother had—the kind of courage I am talking about—had to do with making the decision that something else was more important then her fear. Then, it was just a matter of taking action--moving in the direction of what she wanted beyond the reach of fear. It’s not about ignoring the fear. It’s about choosing something greater.
What Is It That You Need To Be Courageous About?
What’s The Voice inside Your Head Telling You?
If you are a small business owner, that voice could be telling you all sorts of interesting things. Perhaps it is screaming, “Get out now before you lose your shirt!” Or, “You don’t know anything about running a business, who do you think you are starting one up?” Deciding to become a small business owner takes courage. Courage to move past the fear. Courage to reach for something greater, beyond the reach of fear.
What’s beyond the reach of fear? The stuff that dreams are made of. The burning desires, passionate excitements, and innovative ideas that will transform your life and make a difference in the world. Knowing that, what are you waiting for?
Be bold. Act courageously!
Copyright © 2007 by Susan L. Reid
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Copyright ©2007 by Susan L. Reid, DMA
Susan L Reid, DMA, Small Business Start Up Coach, Consultant & Accidental Pren-her™ is the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success. Known for taking the fear out of starting up businesses, Susan provides value, inspiration and direction to entrepreneurial women starting up and launching small businesses.
To get your copy of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success, go to WME Books or visit www.Alkamae.com. For ideas and start up tips, sign-up for our free e-Zine for entrepreneurial women called LAUNCH YOU! We are blogging at: http://susanreid.typepad.com
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