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Face Your Challenges Head On


Wendy Piersall recently talked about ten signs that you are way outside of your comfort zone and this really hit home for me.

When faced with a personal or professional challenge, it is very easy to remain in your comfort zone and avoid the difficulty of overcoming said challenge. Many of us find safety and security by staying within our comfort zone and fear the unknown of facing our challenges.

As entrepreneurs and/or fathers, we are faced with numerous challenges every day. In order to continue on the path towards being a successful entrepreneur and father we need to learn how to face these challenges head on.

When Wendy and I first discussed the possibility of creating this blog on Dad Balance, I was thrilled with the idea but began to question myself and whether or not I would be able to conquer this challenge.

With two blogs already utilizing a good deal of my time away from my full-time job, I was faced with the challenge of taking on the responsibility of building a new blog while still finding time to spend with my family. The easy thing to do would have been to thank Wendy for the opportunity but explain that I had to pass at this time.

But then I came across this quote from Donny Osmond:

“My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing. If there’s a challenge, go for it. If there’s a wall to break down, break it down.”

As you can tell by the fact that I am writing this post, I realized that I was afraid to step beyond my comfort zone and that I needed to embrace this opportunity and face the challenge head on.

It has only been a few weeks now since this blog launched but I cannot begin to express how exciting and fulfilling it has already been.

There are quite a few things that I think I could have done better over these first few weeks but I can tell you without a doubt that I would already regret it had I succumbed to the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone. There are still numerous challenges ahead of me to get this blog where I want it to be but I plan to face each and every one of them.

One of those challenges is to deliver quality content on the topics that are important to you. As readers of this blog, I would love to hear your feedback on how you think Dad Balance is progressing and how you would like to see it grow.

Please feel free to share the challenges to your professional or personal growth and together we can make the decision to face those challenges head on!

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    On October 8th, 2007 at 7:45 pm, Wendy Piersall said:

    Hey Derek! I can always handle hearing “no” - what I can’t handle is someone saying “no” to something that their heart says “yes” to. :)

    I’m thrilled that you’re getting a lot out of this - I can only hope to continue to help you experience that in whatever way I can. By all means, please always feel free to ask for my help and support as you work your magic over here!

    On October 8th, 2007 at 8:34 pm, Kelvin Kao said:

    I am glad someone is quoting Donny Osmond.

    I’m curious about bloggers that already have blogs but decide to take on more. Do you just post everything that’s relevent to the new blog and just stop posting about that topic on the old blog?

    On October 8th, 2007 at 10:13 pm, Derek Semmler said:

    @Wendy :: Thank you so much! That is one reason that I am so happy that I faced this challenge because my heart was certainly saying “yes” to this opportunity.

    @Kelvin :: Lol, I’m glad that Donny Osmond provided such a great quote! With regard to your question, my other blogs do not really overlap with the content here as one deals strictly with personal finance and the other is more about my efforts to blog and general life topics. There might be a little overlap here and there but for the most part I think it remains somewhat separated.

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