• By Cody Maxwell
  • 11 May, 2017


Change. We hear the word all the time. Sometimes we fear it. Sometimes we can’t wait for it. It can happen in our personal lives, our professional lives, in our sports preferences, heck it can even come down to breaking away from a routine of Taco Tuesday and trying Nacho Tuesday instead.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” So sure, change can be scary, but it can also make us better as it helps us grow our knowledge and expand our view of the world around us.

One of the best things to do with change is to just acknowledge it. Talk about it, be prepared to make it a part of your life. After a lifetime of watching my father – who started more companies than I can count – my response to failure is: ‘So, I fail.’ My response to change is pretty similar: ‘Okay, what’s next!’ Most of the time I do enjoy change, but that doesn’t mean I don't fall into the feeling of fear from it. So what are my go-to tricks for handling change when it starts to feel overwhelming?
  • Take my dog for a walk. Getting outside, slowing down, looking around always helps me.
  • Watch a funny video, or find something humorous. Humor is the best medicine, or so they say, and it sure can work for fear. Laughing for even a few seconds can lighten your mood and things won’t feel as scary.
  • Admit that I’m a little scared to a friend. You don’t have to hide fear or be ashamed of it, talking to someone or expressing it can help put it into perspective.
At a recent event hosted at MediaAMP@TCC called “Kick Butt with Change,” Jacyn Meyer the Kaizen Leader at MediaAMP, said: “Those who can become masters of change will be better positioned for the future. Masters of change are always looking for ways to stay relevant and evolve in their careers. And according to the Roman philosopher Seneca if 'luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity' then masters of change are the luckiest people in the world.”

So, the basics? It’s okay to be scared, but don’t let that stop you from the exciting!


By Cody Maxwell 11 May, 2017
By Cody Maxwell 03 May, 2017

It’s easy to get that feeling that failure will be the end of the road. But it isn't. It isn't even something to fear because it's going to happen at one point or another, especially for entrepreneurs.  It’s something that should be.

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”  This quote from race car driver Mario Andretti works just as well for entrepreneurs. In fact it's used constantly when talking about startups and risk taking.  There is some risk taking in everything that we do, and that’s good, in fact, my personal motto when I get the nibble of fear that tells me I might fail, is, “So, I fail.”  

Sounds simple right?  Of course, there is something important that happens after a failure.  You learn from it,  you fix whatever you did wrong, and you make sure not to make the same mistake twice.  Some of the best lessons are born out of mistakes. If we're afraid to make those mistakes then how are we supposed to learn the  lessons?  

Richard Branson said it best in a Forbes guest post in 2015 (titled “ Don’t Be Afraid to Fail ”) . He was talking about how to deal with the fear of being out of control when he wrote: 

“It is important that when you feel without control, you do not bottle up it up and try to push through on your own. That is a recipe for failure. You have to collaborate with friends and colleagues, brainstorm with them, get advice and accept help in any shape or form.”  

We all need support to get over our fears from time to time, and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve seen Coworking spaces pop up,  Here at MediaAMP our goal is support everyone in our space and help that fear of failure become a little less scary and maybe even make it exciting.   

So, jump out, take those risks and never ever be afraid to fail or ask for help.  

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