The word “first” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is defined as preceding all others in time, order, or importance. “Afraid” is defined as feeling fear or anxiety; frightened. The root of fear is most commonly the unknown; and let’s face it, I don’t care how much of a daredevil you are, we all want to have a slight idea of what to expect when going into a situation!
As you continue reading, keep these three words at the forefront of your mind:
The African American Network at my company hosted a Black History Celebration honoring elementary students who wrote essays regarding influential African Americans in our history. Garrett Johnson, CEO and co-founder of SendHub, was invited to be the guest speaker.
Initially I was expecting Garrett’s speech to be centered only on SendHub. However, it was an extremely inspiring speech on how he went from being an undergraduate at Florida State University to a Rhodes Scholars Recipient (1st African American Male at FSU), to the Senate, and now an entrepreneur! The most inspiring piece of advice that he gave was simply this:
“Never be afraid to be the first.”
As simple as that may sound, so many of us have not taken action on our dreams and our passions because we’re afraid to be first; afraid of the unknown. Being first, means being a trailblazer. Being a trailblazer means blazing a trail of unknowns. Blazing a trail of unknowns can make us afraid. It can be a trail of being the first person in your family/social circle to: graduate from college, create a new invention, become a multimillion dollar entrepreneur, become a famous actor/actress, and the list goes on and on…
Don’t let the fear of the unknown be the reason why your dreams continue to be just that….dreams and NOT a reality!! Never be afraid to be different, to be bold, to be singular…to be the FIRST!