Pamela Slim is a coach and author with experience as a consultant to large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems.
She writes about some of the inner, emotional aspects of following our entrepreneurial passions:
“Trying to wait until you have enough courage to start your business is fighting the way your brain is wired. One of the deepest layers of the human brain is a neural structure that evolved in early vertebrates.
“It is wrapped around the cortex of your brain and blasts signals on a regular basis intended to keep you fed and out of danger.
“This ‘lizard brain’ will scream at you all day when you are considering doing something new like starting a business :
* “You don’t have enough experience for anyone to take you seriously as a consultant!”
* “If you leave your stable job to go out on your own, you will live in a van down by the river!”
* “You have no idea what you are doing and when you show your ideas in public for the first time, people will mock and criticize you!”
“Instead of trying to suppress these lizard fears, learn from them.”
Excerpted from her guest post “The Excuses People Use To Stay at a Job” in longer post Top excuses and tactics: Why haven’t you started your own business? on the blog of Ramit Sethi.
His book is I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
Pamela Slim is author of Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, Foreword by Guy Kawasaki.
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“The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your stories. Especially those you tell yourself. You must craft them well.”
[Image with quote from interview with Jonathan Fields: What Are You Building?]
Her newer book is Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together – “How to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.”
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Her online course: Escape from Cubicle Nation
From the CreativeLive class description:
“Join business coach and author Pamela Slim for this comprehensive guide to forging your own path as an entrepreneur.
“From identifying your skills and strengths to building a secure financial plan, you’ll explore each stage of developing a business with a strong foundation and the potential for radical growth.
“Pamela will also cover networking, minimizing financial risk, mapping your sales process, identifying your ideal clients, and more.
“By the end of this course, you’ll have a business plan customized to your business’s unique needs and unlock the freedoms associated with being your own boss and pursuing your true passions.”