Last week I spent the entire week with a rag tag group of 12 and 13 year old boy scouts. Just as we were preparing to depart for camp on Monday morning a story broke about a 11 year old boy who had been drug out of his tent in the middle of the night by a bear and mauled to death. Needless to say, we had some very nervous mothers, not to mention boys.

It was interesting to watch the confidence of the boys increase as the week progressed. One of the merit badges they were working on was Wilderness Survival. When we got to the bear section the boys were all ears. That night as they built their outdoor shelter, it was evident that this was a major stretch for them. We left them in their shelter that night tightly huddled together underneath the stars with the local raccoons keeping watch. The next morning the boys were no longer timid 12 and 13 year old boys, but instead confident young men.

As I reflected on this experience I realize that just like boys and bears, we as business owners must not let our fears and brains get in the way of our success. It can be a stretch for us to “sleep under the stars” but the wins are worth it and the confidence gained can not occur in any other manner.