Many people shy away from accountability because of fear. Fear of what? The unknown outcome of what is on the other side of accepting accountability.
Back in the days of the early Roman Empire, when prisoners were captured and forced to fight to their death, the fighters would often be given a choice. They could either face the lions or walk through the big red door. Almost every single prisoner chose to face the lions. Why? Because of uncertainty and fear of the unknown. The unknown is often worse than the known, no matter what the “unknown” might turn out to be. What was behind the big red door? Freedom.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
You can’t allow yourself to be bullied away from venturing into the unknown simply because you fear the accountability that will result. It is tough and it is scary, but accountability often is what stands between you and freedom. Sometimes the curve ball will curve, and sometimes it’ll hit you smack in the nose. Either way, savor the accountability resulting from your choice to “stay in.”
Porter’s Points – The Big Red Door
- Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you from accepting accountability.
- Make a list of the reasons you want to become an entrepreneur. As you review your list, analyze the trade-offs. Is what you want a fair exchange for the amount of accountability you are willing to assume?