Most of experience some kind of fear–whether it be caused by the future or present, action or inaction, change or being stuck in an unfulfilling job for the rest of our lives. The most apparent arena for our fear to manifest is in our businesses and in our career decisions. It is here that many of us stay frozen, paralyzed by fear. In an economy characterized by unemployed, capable workers and stagnant small businesses, many of us haven’t felt inspired to quit our day jobs and start the company of of our dreams. Our dreams stay dreams, and our reality remains the same.
Michael Lazerow, CEO of Buddy Media, implores us to break free from fear and to pursue our dreams rigorously. His message is greater than a hackneyed piece of business advice; it is a call to action, and it is his hope to inspire all of us to start experiencing our lives while we still have the opportunity to do so.
Lazerow was born with a serious heart-defect, and he has faced two brushes with death during his lifetime. The first was at only 18 months, and the second at 19 years old. Lazerow’s experience dealing with the eminent possibility of his death has led him to live a life without fear.
This fearlessness has carried over into all aspects of his life, not barring his business decisions. Lazerow has already started four successful businesses and describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” His success has even earned him the title of Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the New York region for 2011.But perhaps his greatest success was the recent acquisition of his company, Buddy Media, by Salesforce.com for an unbelievable $689 million.
Lazerow’s story should inspire all of us to take chances that we’ve been too afraid to even consider, whether they be changing positions, changing careers, or even creating our own businesses.
“If you live without fear, anything is possible,” Lazerow states in a recent youtube video he created after the sale of his company, “Is fear holding you back?”