Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Be Fearless

I thought I'd share this photo and quote because embracing entrepreneurship can be fraught with fear. For those who were not raised in an entrepreneurial family or who did not have family friends who were entrepreneurs, ala "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", entrepreneurship or starting a business is often a choice borne out of frustration or a need. If you are one of these individuals, you are most likely used to receiving a steady paycheck on a weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly basis. Leaving that behind before your business is operating at full tilt can be very scary.

Embrace Your Fear

Embrace your fear. Don't run from it. Remember. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act decisively and in your favor even in the face of fear. Many of your fears are unfounded worries. Why use your imagination to create myriad scenarios of you or your business failing? Why not, instead, use your imagination to create situations in which you are successful and in which your business overcomes any obstacle that comes its way?

Worried? Write It Down.

If you are worried, write down each of those worries. Writing them down helps you see how ridiculous many of your fears are. Those fears that are well-founded can be addressed. For example, to ensure you don't become destitute starting a business, you can work part-time while building your business or save a large cushion to use to support yourself if needed. If your fear is lack of business knowledge, you can start with a franchise instead of from scratch.

Whatever you do, be courageous. Confront your fears by planning where you can. For anything else, you'll just have to be fearless and jump!

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