My Encounter with a Red Ferrari
I was out to happy hour with a couple of my friends one night. As we were leaving the restaurant, I see this beautiful red Ferrari. Upon closer inspection, we realized it was illegally parked in front of a driveway.
We not only found this hilarious, but also perfectly adequate given the kind of car it was, and, by association, what the owner must be like; in other words, a confident, male, likely arrogant, with places to go and people to meet, who Does. Not. Care.
Parking in that location was like a taunt as if he was saying
“I DARE you to tow my car; TRY and give me a ticket;
MAKE me move it.”
The Ferrari Brand
As we walked away, we started to discuss how no one would likely take the man up on his dare. The challenge was so obvious that it would probably not be faced.
The Ferrari brand is recognizable all over the world. From building great sports cars to great engines, to the persona that follows the brand. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of thinking and being.
To embody a persona that is confident and self-assured you don’t need a red Ferrari, or a sports car, or even a red car. You just need to get out of your own way, remove your self-doubt and let your true confident self emerge.
Ferrari is a great car, with numerous accomplishments. However, the car came first and the persona followed.
In the same way, I think if you work on yourself first and your confidence, your assurance, your “I don’t care what people think” persona will follow.
What we want
I’ve had conversations with these same friends about starting a business. In fact, I know many professionals who are seeking other ways to make money. So many people out there are looking to develop side hustles and to be their own boss. The goal is financial independence and professional freedom to work because we want to and not because we have to.
If a side business isn’t your thing, then I bet there’s something else you’d like to do, or start, or try your hand at. Yet, we don’t.
What’s holding us back
Back to that group of friends…these same people also feel apprehensive moving forward with their vision. I believe what holds many people back from starting such ventures, is fear, lack of confidence, uncertainty about risks involved and this idea that we don’t know enough to be successful.
It’s hard. Speaking for myself, I was raised by risk-averse parents and I’ve trained in a risk-averse field. One of the draws of a medical career is job security. By venturing out into something new, by dividing your attention and by investing your hard-earned dollars into a high-risk venture, you put all of that on the line.
What we’re missing out on
As with anything, if you put in the work, success should follow. You may fail, but you will definitely learn valuable lessons. As any successful person will tell you, failure is just another part of the path to success. And, there is no success without risk, no winning without trying.
There is no getting away with parking illegally without having the confidence to just DO it.
Now, I’m not saying we should go around seeing how many laws we can break; no matter what you decide to do, if you take the leap, if you decide to stay on your path, the point here is we must emit confidence and dare anyone who stands in the way of our success.
We have to stop caring about what people think and be fearless in following our goals and ambitions.
We must be the owners of a red Ferrari.
Pinnable image courtesy of unsplash.
Sanjana is a physician anesthesiologist, avid traveler, and entrepreneur. She founded The Female Professional in order to give women a voice, a community, and provide resources to help them overcome hurdles and achieve success. With her experiences as a physician, as a CEO of a startup, and as a writer, she understands the struggles and frustrations that women face. She also understands what it takes to move past those things and come out on top. Through this platform, Sanjana aims to empower women to be their best, authentic, selves, achieve work/life balance, and live life to the fullest.