Big Thinkers
Big Thinkers

I’ve had an epiphany.  It hit me the other day that no matter what’s happened to me in my life, I’ve always been able to work it out.  Sure I’ve hit some crazy walls and got stopped in my tracks, but at the end of the day I figured it out.  Things weren’t as bad as I thought and good things always came from those experiences.

So the big realization was that I wasn’t thinking big enough.  Or better yet, I wasn’t taking big enough risks.  Or said even simpler, I didn’t give myself enough credit to solve the problems that those risk would certainly entail.

Well enough of that.

It hit me that no matter what issues I’d faced in the past, or will face in the future, that I’m more than capable of handling them.  That doesn’t mean that I’m going to be reckless in my business or personal life, or think that I can succeed at anything I put my mind too, but I do believe that no matter what – I’ll be able to handle it.

That’s a huge realization.

The impact has been incredible.  I’m focused on bigger projects, moving way faster and looking for bigger opportunities to create massive value.  My sights are set higher than ever before and the cool part is that it’s polarizing others to join me and help out in a way I’ve never experienced before. In some ways, it’s actually easier – sounds crazy, right? We’ll, it’s not.

The future is brighter than ever before and I think we all need to give ourselves more credit then we do.  We’re capable of achieving way more than we give ourselves permission to persue.  Holding back isn’t doing anyone any good. The world needs us to.

“Too many of us sit on the sidelines of fear and doubt, unable to contribute to a world in need of our brilliance.” Chris Guillebeau

So with that I challenge you to take bigger projects, take more risk, trust in your abilities and set your sights higher. Who knows – you might just learn that the only thing stoping you, is you.

6 Comments

  • http://startupremarkable.com Howard

    Awesome post Dan – it’s a great world to be in when everything is a challenge that can be triumphed, not a problem.

    One thing I’ve found is my thinking gets bigger in incremental steps – I achieve things and think ‘why did I even doubt myself before’. Ideally would have just bypassed this by thinking HUGE in the first place

    Any tips?

  • http://www.marcmawhinney.com Marc Mawhinney

    So true Dan – too many are paralyzed by fear. So what if you fail? You pick yourself up and keep moving … We take ourselves too seriously!

  • http://www.danmartell.com dmartell

    @Howard the only tip is to surround yourself with people that will challenge you to think bigger and push you to do more. Nothings more exciting when you have a supportive group of friends cheering you on.

    @Marc damn straight! It’s never as bad as you think and we’re capable of so much more .. thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.appington.com Risto

    Dan,

    Nice writeup and spot on!

    Kristian Segerstrale ( founder of Playfish & Glu Mobile ) says it nicely on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA0vdPx7M60 ( around 00:50 ) “as an entrepreneur, you can leave a footprint in the world that other people can whitness and amaze at”. which is true only if you pick big enough of a challenge and a problem worthwhile solving. That’s why I get up in the morning.
    Thanks for writing and looking forward to see your next footprint!

  • Stephanie Kruger

    Quoting you:

    “The impact has been incredible. I’m focused on bigger projects, moving way faster and looking for bigger opportunities to create massive value. My sights are set higher than ever before and the cool part is that it’s polarizing others to join me and help out in a way I’ve never experienced before. In some ways, it’s actually easier – sounds crazy, right? We’ll, it’s not.

    The future is brighter than ever before and I think we all need to give ourselves more credit then we do. We’re capable of achieving way more than we give ourselves permission to persue. Holding back isn’t doing anyone any good. The world needs us to.”

    Today that is exactly what I needed!! I am trying to refocus and understand where I am going and where do I want to end up… My action plan received a little detour to no where land  But hey you are exactly right… You are not crazy with time things do get easier to handle because you learned from the past and know exactly what to do or not…or at least you have a better understanding of experiences. Also, there is always room to learn new experiences and that is what I constantly drive for!

    And analyzing my experience today and knowing that I found this post… there are no coincidences that you end up with the same conclusion I did today. We don’t give ourselves enough credit, and yes we are definitely capable to do way more than what we give permission to do! So… re-validating my thoughts made such a great difference… Thank you and keep on with all your good work!

    Steph

  • Annabel

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your page. Thanks for beign so generous with thoughts and tips. I’ve been hesitating jumping back into entepreneurship (tried once and failed… I was unprepared) So now I feel a lot better about all my projects.

    Cheers!

    Anna