What my three year old nephew taught me about creative entrepreneurs - By Nikki Bentley

Has anyone else got that uncomfortable feeling at the moment, the sense that you’re doing something totally out of your comfort zone? Don’t worry. You’re growing, learning, becoming even more brilliant - so popular opinion goes. Easier said than done, right?

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently and nothing bought it home to me more than watching my nephew learn to swim this summer.

I spent an amazing time in Portugal with my family, and got to observe my niece (6) and nephew (3) in and out of the pool every day (the sun shines a lot in Estoril!). Over the course of August my nephew went from gingerly clinging to the side of the pool to vigorously hurling his entire body into the deep end. His dogged determination to push his boundaries took him out of his comfort zone and into the deep end. (While we watched protectively from the side, obviously)

And as with so many things in life, this got me thinking about business, and my business. And particularly creative entrepreneurs and what it means for us to take risks and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.

For me, watching my nephew’s joyful progress in the pool was a great analogy to how we can turn up with purpose each day. And I committed to being more like my nephew as a creative entrepreneur; to let go of the sides and keep throwing myself, with great joy and intent, into the deepest end of the biggest busiest business pool.

I’m getting out of my comfort zone these next couple of months. Who’s coming with me?

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