Be Bold and Courageous

by Susan F. Moody

Photo credit: andyi via / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: andyi via / CC BY-NC-ND

“Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” —H. Jackson Brown

Most of us have something we promised ourselves we would do in this lifetime that we haven’t done yet. We tell ourselves it is because we don’t have the money, we don’t have the time, and we don’t have the right support or resources to make “it” happen.

If you are holding off on starting your own business waiting for that perfect time when your success is 100-percent guaranteed, then you may as well give up on that dream right now. Because, as Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

What you can do instead is minimize your risk of failure. Prepare yourself to the best of your ability, be sure you have a fall-back plan in place, and consider the worst-case scenario and decide if you can live with that outcome. If you can, then go for it!

If you can’t, re-explore your options. Perhaps instead of being a solopreneur, buying into a franchise on taking on a partner is a more comfortable choice for you. The thing I know for sure after having started more than 10 small businesses is that it takes more than capital and a business plan to create a successful company.

To learn the character traits of a successful entrepreneur, join my breakout session “Are You Out of Your Mind?” at the Women Entrepreneurs Small Business Boot Camp on Saturday, May 7th. For more information go to

There is a big difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living doing it. Join your NAWBO sisters and come to this Boot Camp breakout session to find out if you really have what it takes to be a bold and courageous entrepreneur.

Here’s to your success and happiness!


Attend Susan’s workshop “Are You Out of Your Mind” at the 12th Annual Women Entrepreneurs’ Small Business Boot Camp on May 7.

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