At foundingAustin, we know what success looks like—it looks like the many Austin entrepreneurs who are bringing innovation, solutions and progress to their industries. Every quarter, we bring readers inspiring stories from these business leaders who have learned lessons the hard way and now want to share them with you. These encouraging profiles are combined with articles containing advanced wealth planning strategies for high-net-worth individuals creating a well-rounded resource for all your entrepreneurial needs.

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

Imperfect Courage is a book for entrepreneurs and want-to-be entrepreneurs who are not only chasing their dreams but aspiring to change the world in the process. If an incident, a circumstance, or even the universe has given you a nagging “prompt” to do something, Honegger coaches you how to respond without waiting for a perfect state of fearlessness. 

Glowing reviews from such best-selling luminaries as Brené Brown, Rachel Hollis, Jen Hatmaker and Shauna Niequist and a two thumbs-up recommendation from foundingAUSTIN and View From Venus should encourage you to add Imperfect Courage to your must-read list.  

We’ve selected five short excerpts we hope will tempt you to want to learn more about how to have “imperfect courage” and make the leap into social entrepreneurship.

“‘Cash is king, when you own a business,’ my entrepreneurial dad has always liked to say, and here I was standing at the counter of an Austin pawnshop living out this truth. … clutching a fistful of precious gold jewelry that my mom and grandmother had given me over the years … and prepared myself to sell off all of it to keep my dream of my homegrown business, Noonday Collection, alive.”

“There comes a time when each of us is called to use our one and only life to risk big and act boldly on behalf of something or someone we prize. To refuse to act just isn’t an option; we simply must move.”

“Stepping into entrepreneurship pushes you out of your comfort zone in a way that, while scary at first, transforms you into a person for whom standing up becomes a reflexive act.”

“If you are planning to leave a life of safety for a life of risk, meaning and impact, then please read this carefully: you cannot get there on your own ...To flourish, we must work with, not against, togetherness and to prize togetherness, we must come out of isolation and be seen.”

“The generations-long perils that plague vulnerable communities, both at home and abroad, will not be solved in a finger snap. This work we are doing takes time and nuance; it takes patience and persistence and grit. And so my challenge to you and me both, and to anyone who longs for this impact-rich life, is this: stay the course, fellow go-getter. No matter what happens, stay the course.”

—Reviewed by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

“This book is both an invitation and a challenge to bravely show up for ourselves, for the people we love, and for the strangers we will one day call family.” —Dr. Brené  Brown

 

Philanthropy in Action

Philanthropy in Action

When Giving to Others is a Gift

When Giving to Others is a Gift