Today Oprah is announcing on her show that she’s ending The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2011 after 25 years. It’s not like she’s retiring of course. Aside from her current media empire, she’s launching her own cable TV channel and will in all likelihood have a show on there.
I saw a great clip from an interview with her last night. It was from 24 years ago and she was asked “what if your new show fails?” Without missing a beat she replied, “I’ll be OK. I’m not defined by my TV show.”
Imagine if she had let the “what if I fail” question stand in her way back then, or at the many points since where she obviously took another risk to try something new? She certainly wouldn’t be one of the most respected or the richest woman on the planet!
This week during Ask Staging Diva Live, a 56 year old woman asked me the very same question. She said, “I love decorating homes to sell. I have a career I don’t like. But how can I switch now to have a home staging business, what if I fail?”
Indeed, what if?
What if she “fails” but has some fun and learns something about herself and what it’s like having her own business along the way?
What if she keeps her current job and tries home staging on the side?
What if after a few months she decides she doesn’t like it and stops, having already made back any money she spent on staging courses and getting her staging business going?
What if, she actually discovers she was born to stage homes? That it’s the most fun she’s had in years and she realizes she can actually make money at it, quits the job she hates and has the time of her life for the next 10 or 15 years?
My biggest “what if” fear is that I’ll get to the end of my life and realize I wasted it not being happy or not doing what I was meant to do. That’s what keeps me out here pushing myself in new directions, testing my talents in new ways, risking failure but going ahead anyways! Because to my mind, wasting your life would be pretty sad.
Have you ever been afraid to fail but moved forward anyway? Or are you stuck right now thinking “what if (fill in the blank)”. What if, what?
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Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging and Voice Of Possibility Group Inc.
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love while helping others at the same time.