It’s so easy to get into a groove with your personal and professional life. But there’s a difference between getting into a groove and being complacent. To really grow, sometimes you have to give up the comforts of where you are to move forward. But when is it worth the risk?


“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out, and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
~ Cynthia Occelli

What is right or wrong for your own growth is a personal decision, but I am always pushing myself and jumping into the unknown, trusting that I will find my wings on the fall. I do believe that if you stop growing you will eventually die. There are so many examples of this in business. Kodak really liked those pictures we printed out, but they hardly exist anymore. Sony could have built the iPod, but they really liked that Walkman product they were creating and as a result, they missed a huge market opportunity.

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These lessons apply to all of us and remind me of a friend who sold his company about 15 years ago. He was really successful but he hasn’t started another company because he’s afraid he won’t be successful again. He’s more afraid of taking the plunge and failing than of not doing anything at all, so he remains in a personal holding pattern.

I think about how that applies to my own life and specifically to the things we’re doing at PaySimple. What is the next step we need to take to grow in our journey? Sometimes as I’m looking forward and planning for our next big thing, I worry about giving up what PaySimple has become. Then again, how amazing could we be in the future? If we let fear be our guide, I know we’ll miss out.

When I have these moments, I typically just push through. I don’t want to pull a Kodak, or become obsolete because I’m not moving forward. As much as I love what we’ve built here and who we are today, I’m more excited to see who we can become if we push forward through our fear of failure and truly grow.

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Eric Remer

Eric Remer

Eric Remer founded and currently serves as CEO of PaySimple. Prior to PaySimple, he founded the Conclave Group and co-founded I-Behavior, the latter of which ultimately sold its online division to Akamai and its offline division to Y&R. He is passionate about creating platforms, growth, and watching his kids be kids.

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