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100% – How different would your life be if you had courage…

How different would your life be if you lived with courage 100% of the time? How different would your thought-life be? How different would your emotions, relationships, and perspective be? These are the thoughts that run through my mind in those moments when fear grips me.  When the desires I have for my business , life and family seem just out of reach.  I am afraid and I run to my mentors or podcasts to search for the answer that will "fix my current situation" and stow away my fear and it hits me...

"Sometimes you don't need more training or equipping. You just need courage."

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Courage can be a tricky thing.  It's easy to describe in movies or war stories, but hard to put your finger on in the everyday life of the entrepreneur.  Some feel that courage is the same as "fake it till you make it" or playing loose with the finances of your budding adventure, but that's not it at all. 

Courage is not about lack of rules.  It is about strength and determination no matter the playing field in front of you.  That determination is absolutely necessary if you are to make it as a divergent entrepreneur.  If you do not have courage, its only a matter of time till you don't have a business.

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Don't join in any Reindeer Games.

I know, it's not Christmas and no I am not crazy.  But, you may have thought I was crazy when December 12th, 2013 I announced I was going to start my own business.  Now, outside of a seasonal Christmas tree business venture, starting a business during advent season is the worst time to start a new venture.  Think about it:

When do you absolutely have zero disposable income?  Christmas.
When are you less like to have spare time to take a chance on a new company?  Christmas.
When did I pick to start my company?  Christmas.

I never claimed to be a genius, but I know that I am courageous. I saw an opportunity and I ran with it despite what conventional wisdom said.  I started a business during the hardest time to meet with customers with no "starter projects" or funding.  I wasn't foolish, but determined to succeed no matter what it cost and how hard it was.  So back to the first question asked at the start of this blog:

How different would your life be if you lived with courage 100% of the time?

What are you afraid of and when will you decide to start working towards what you've always dreamed of doing.  No more putting it off.  Be strong and have courage.

Daniel Gourley

​Daniel began his work career as a full-time pastor at a local church in Phoenix, AZ whre Daniel discovered a passion for ministry and the local church. Leaving full-time ministry, Daniel continued this work as by founding his own company, 5 Words Media, in 2012 specializing in the design & build of AV & Lighting systems for houses of worship. 5 Words Media started as a one-man operation in Daniel's own home and has grown to a multi-million dollar business in just 5 short years. It is this experience of starting a business centered on one's passions and desires that Daniel hopes to awaken in others no matter their chosen business, background and brand!

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