Entrepreneurs…. this is a call as a reminder… there’s no small game to play with regard to being an entrepreneur. I’ve often been told of the following quote from Marianne Williamson (often attributed to Nelson Mandela) where Marianne tells us flat out to stop playing a small game. In the words of a spiritual butt-kicking, here’s her quote.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Now there’s another side to this… and anyone that’s been a successful, reflective entrepreneur knows that this is true. There’s no place to hide when it comes to not playing small. Whether or not you get the spiritual side to this quote above, there’s the cold hard facts, in a business context, that if its to be, its up to you, the entrepreneur.
Building a business, or a socially focused non-profit, or whatever your venture might be… there’s no place to hide whether or not you get there. I’ve often thought that this could be a perceived downside to the quote above. Marianne is calling us to a higher level… yet, if an entrepreneur doesn’t make it to his / her goals, there’s a litany of reasons that they did not make it… but the buck stops with the entrepreneur.
Listen to Marianne. Reach for the skies. Pull out all of the stops. Your playing small does not serve the world. And realize that if you make it, or not, is your responsibility. Show your light. Don’t hide it. Be willing to risk not making it. Be willing to be responsible for whatever happens, good, bad, or ugly. Once you’ve felt the power of the stretch feeling of going for it, then and only then will you understand as well the power of being responsible for making things happen. And once you’ve felt this feeling, you’ll be drawn to turn your light on even brighter.