This post starts a series of blog posts devoted to influencers in my life in becoming an entrepreneur.

Some of them I met in real life, some of them spoke to me from their books, and I do hope that I will meet them one day in real life.

Some of them inspired me with their lives and work.

I want to start with the post about an amazing woman Ann Wilson.  with Ann Wilson

Ann teaches how to create financial freedom in your life. Her personality fascinates me and I am amazed with her devotion to South Africa, and her passion to empower women in all over the world.

I came across her book in 2013, I’ve signed up for her Financial Freedom University. That was a highlight of the year in 2014.

I’ve changed my attitude towards money completely and my relationship with money changed as well.

Even though it’s a long way till calling myself a millionaire or financially free. I know for sure that I am heading in the right direction.

I’ve attended Ann’s Financial Freedom live event in October in 2014. It was packed with invaluable  information about money management and investment.

But I wanted to share a lesson in setting seemingly impossible goals.

Ann demonstrated how to break the wooden board with just a palm of your hand. And in the beginning I thought it was just a fancy way how to demonstrate goal setting.

I didn’t know that it wasn’t just a demonstration. Our task was to hit the board and break it.  The activity itself taught me so much about my approach to difficult tasks.

First of all, I wanted to refuse doing it because I didn’t want to hurt myself.

I didn’t believe that I can do it, so I found so many reasons why I don’t need to do it.

Think for a moment, don’t we all have  a “sour-grape” syndrome when there is a slightest possibility of failure.

Do we sometimes give up on dreaming because failing is painful?

Then I became curious, I wanted to see whether I can do it too.

This was the main revelation – curiosity is a remedy for fear.

If you feel fearful switch your mind to curiosity  and you will go into a resourceful state of mind.

Then I did it, and it was easy, it didn’t hurt and it was quickly. I dismissed my achievements in a second. If it was so easy, everyone can do it, so it is not a big deal after all.

Only when I saw that not all of people managed to do it and  it’s not that easy after all, only then my achievement seemed valuable.

Do you act like this – dismiss your successes, but scold yourself harshly for the smallest mistakes?

Lesson learned – it’s important to appreciate and acknowledge  our successes, no matter how small or easy they are. We are worth of celebration!

board at ffuNow every time when I have a new challenge in my life, I remind myself of the “chopping board” experience.

I took broken pieces of the board home to keep them as a reminder every time I face challenges or set “impossible” goals.