“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
Launching your own practice can be scary. And while many entrepreneurs may appear fearless, the truth is, they’ve managed to succeed in spite of any fears they had. If you want to launch your own business, you’ll have to do the same.
In a recent Entrepreneur.com article, author and entrepreneur Jayson Demers shares “5 Fears You’ll Need to Conquer before Starting a Business.” Here we share 3 of the most common:
1. Not being good enough. Some worry that their services won’t be competitive enough or their personal nature won’t be as assertive or ambitious or willful or persuasive as necessary. These concerns are common. However, they are a not predictor of future failure. As Demers explains, “Your product doesn’t have to be perfect when it first launches, and it doesn’t have to be the best. It just has to be acceptable. From there, you’ll have plenty of room to make improvements over time. No product ever starts out perfect – some of the greatest businesses in the world probably started with a product of a similar quality to yours.”
2. Failing. This is Daddy of all fears, isn’t it? We’re afraid we will fail. And if we’re good at imagining worst-case scenarios, we have probably constructed—in our minds—the way this business could go down with the biggest bang. First of all, failure is unavoidable. But fear of failure is completely avoidable. Change your thought paradigm so that failure is defined simply as a learning opportunity. As long as you’re willing to learn, and improve as a result of what you learn, you can only get better at your business regardless of the obstacles you’ll most certainly encounter.
3. The unknown. This one is scary because it’s impossible to prepare for. Your business plan can anticipate problems, but it can’t foresee all those unknown variables, obstacles, and setbacks. But Demers states, “Entrepreneurship isn’t a job. It becomes a lifestyle. You’re choosing to be in this role because you’re a risk-taker, you’re passionate, you work hard and you believe in your idea.” If necessary, take the time to express your passion for this practice so that when things get a little dicey, you can remind yourself of the force that propeled you to launch your business in the first place.
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Demers, Jayson. “5 Fears You’ll Need to Conquer before Starting a Business.” 1 December 2014 Entrepreneur.com