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Fear.

One of my guests this week was Dan Franks, the Host of Entrepreneur Showdown. He is also a CPA at Beaird Harris & Co., P.C.
 
I listened to one of his podcasts earlier today featuring Dan Miller of 48Days.com. Dan is a very popular guy, New York Times Best Selling Author, and a life coach. Many of his clients are older lawyers, doctors, and accountants who realize at their older and successful age, that they don't love their job, or their life. My favorite part of the podcast was when he said:

"When people are approaching death, the number one regret we hear, with no close second is: I wish I had the courage to live a life authentic to myself, rather than living out the expectations of others."

- Dan Miller

Confronting this fear has been one of the most challenging things in my life. I don't believe there is one state of authentic self that must be obtained and is static. To me, it's fluid, and forever changing. Thinking of my authentic self reminds me of this quote I shared with Ken Burke on the podcast:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

 
 - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

It's almost ironic. I am afraid of ending up like the person in Dan Miller's quote. Fear has motivated me to act, to make a change, and to experience "a new and different sun". However, there is something I've noticed. While I've eliminated the fear of never having tried, I have a new fear. That fear, is failure.

Some incredible things have happened since I started The Bean Counter Podcast ~10 weeks ago. I haven't announced this yet but soon I'll be a writer for Going Concern. Also, CPAexcel is sponsoring me to do a Spring 2014 speaking tour in Florida at 15-20 Universities. I've also found a great partner/developer/entrepreneur for my company Ten Key Heroes which will launch early in 2014.

However, with all the things that have happened, I still have fear. Afraid I won't be able to succeed, that I'll have to curl my tail up between my legs and be an employee again. I'm beginning to realize that rather than overcoming fear, I've traded one for another. In order to actually grow, I must overcome fear, which I'm finding is quite a bit harder.

Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with fear in your work and life! As always you can reach me at andrew@thebeancounter.org. We have some great podcasts this week (and I included the one's from thanksgiving week).

Enjoy!
 
This Week's Podcasts
Ep52: Discussion with Dan Franks, CPA & Podcaster
Ep51: Interview with Rita Keller, Keller Advisors, LLC
Ep50: Interview with Geni Whitehouse, Speaker, Author, Trainer at EvenaNerd.com
Ep49: Discussion with Dominique Richardson, Ex-Deloitte Recruiter
Ep48: Interview with Calvin Harris, President at Harvin Consulting
Ep47: Interview with Rachel Millios, MBA, EA

See remaining podcasts here!
Dominique Richardson, Ex-Deloitte Recruiter
Geni Whitehouse, Speaker, Author, Blogger, and CPA at EvenaNerd.com
Rita Keller, Keller Advisors, LLC
Dan Franks, CPA & Podcaster
Calvin Harris, On-call CFO at Harvin Consulting
Rachel Millios, MBA, EA and Freelance Tax Professional
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