I recently read an article in which someone asked Richard Branson how he overcomes feelings of inferiority when faced with someone else's credentials. You see, Richard Branson has dyslexia. In fact, he never completed secondary school. His response was classic.
""It’s a shame that people shut down ideas because they’re worried about being crushed by people who are supposedly better educated than them. This is all about fear of failure. In my opinion, entrepreneurial drive beats a fancy degree anytime... Following my passion gave me drive and purpose. My mind opened up and so my world." - Richard Branson.
What Richard Branson DOES have, is the passion that drove him to succeed against the odds. I believe in it. One of the very first things I measure when I meet a budding entrepreneur or one that's struggling is their passion for their idea. Whether we succeed together depends on it.
I admit I'm afraid of failing too, but I believe it's a beautiful thing. That, coupled with my passion for what I do, drives me harder toward my purpose and goals. It doesn't have to cripple you! You can take that energy and put it in a place that propels you forward. Admitting you have it takes a bite out of the power it has to hold you back. What you choose to do with it afterward will determine your success.
We all hate spam. Even spammers hate receiving spam. That's why the Federal Trade Commission established the CAN-SPAM Act. Do you know what's required of you before you hit the send button on your latest newsletter/email blast?
Age, disability, race and sex. Most businesses have become familiar with these forms of discrimination in the workplace. But what about religious discrimination? What constitutes a religious belief or practice?
According to the EEOC, religious discrimination cases have more than doubled. Employees no longer leave their spirituality at home. As a business, what are your responsibilities and rights? What questions can you ask during a job interview? When can you deny an applicant based upon a request to accommodate a spiritual belief or practice? Can you require a man to shave off his beard or cut his hair regardless of his religious beliefs? The answers may surprise you.
I am not a lawyer, and therefore I can not, nor will I offer legal advice. What I am, is a professionally trained interfaith minister, mediator, arbitrator, and worked in employment discrimination law for three years, hearing situations just like these. I offer interactive, thought-provoking training and keynotes regarding spiritual diversity and its benefits, resources and mediation when needed. Contact me today!
Ronnie Roll has started several businesses from the "I Have An Idea" stage to grand openings and beyond. Her passion is helping others achieve their dreams, and her art mediums are business modeling and food.