Scared Silly To Start Your Own Business? Welcome To Normal.

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Ah, entrepreneurship. Freedom, impact on your terms, deep and inspired missions, limitless opportunity, clear blue skies and a great wide open. And… potential for failure and free fall, the likelihood of significant challenges, the chance you could face plant so hard your face will never look the same again. Not to mention the occupational hazards of self-doubt, confusion, burnout and isolation.

It’s a land of creative spirit fairies, where unknowns are many and external resources can be relatively scarce.

Fear is designed to help us survive, but in the case of entrepreneurship it’s often the very thing that stops us, or sends us hurtling into a void of over functioning and overwhelm.

The data is likewise not encouraging, with 20% of businesses shutting down in the first two years and only 25% making it 15+. Of course, closure doesn’t mean failure necessarily.

I was scared silly to become an entrepreneur myself. I’m grateful to be in it over two years running and still going strong. Below are the most common fears I hear from clients, over 50% of whom are current entrepreneurs or transitioning.

Because we’re a lot better at managing fear intelligently when we’re aware of it.

What if I fail?

What will people think?

I don’t have what it takes.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

I can never go back.

Like all of our actions once we become aware, entrepreneurship is a choice. Ultimately you choose what you want from it and if the risks are worth it.

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