You hear about the inspiring stories of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerbeg, and others all the time. It makes you think that, if you just gathered up enough courage and jumped in the deep end, then you would achieve the same outcome. I've experienced the same feelings. This is an example of survivorship bias.
Here's what you don't read or hear about a lot: You rarely hear the story of the person who quits their well-paying job, takes out a massive loan and goes bankrupt. But guess what? It happens all the time. Businesses don't die with a roar. They usually die with a whimper quietly when no one is looking.
There's risk in starting a business. There's risk in telling your story. Because the outcome may not be what you originally thought, and that's a hard pill to swallow.
People telling tall tales of success from the stage talk about all these amazing things. They may tell you, "Yeah. I failed five times, 10 times, 25 times. But on the 26th time, I made it." They skim through that period of failure. That period could have been one year. That period had been 10 years. That period could have been 45 years of sacrifice.
That's what I want to talk about in this episode: Risk. We don't talk about risk enough when it comes to business. We don't talk about risk enough when it comes to marketing. So, I think it's time we talk about it. This is episode number nine, #Risk
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