When it comes to facing your fears and doubts as an entrepreneur, Robert Kiyosaki, one of the most successful businessmen in the world and author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, has this to say:
“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.”
Starting up a new business as an entrepreneur or investing in an already existing one can bring along with it so many fears and doubts. What and how you deal with them will go a long way to determine if they will cripple you or build you up.
I have listed below two of the greatest fears entrepreneurs face and how to successfully deal with them.
The Fear of Failure
Out of all the fears entrepreneurs face, this is the most common and powerful. The fear of failure forces ideas to remain just ideas, great products to almost never exist and existing businesses to go into extinction.
In our journey as entrepreneurs, we need to change the way we see failure and start seeing it as a part of success. So what if we start something and failed? We try it again and again, and again. Until we succeed in it.
Unlike what we were taught in school, in real life we discover that failure is not just the opposite of success, it is a part and parcel of it. Without failure, our success stories will never be complete.
The Fear of What People Will Say
It is shocking that most times the major reason people do not actually step out and do whatever it is they have in their hearts to do is the fear of what people will say. You often hear them say things like:
“I have an idea that can help change the world positively but my friends think it’s stupid”
“I want to go into this business but I don’t know what people will say about it”.
“My parents don’t actually believe I will do well as an entrepreneur, so I’m quitting the idea”.
And so on!
The fear of what people will say have imprisoned so many great inventions, innovations, business ideas etc, endangering the human race in so many ways.
To overcome this, you need to understand that regardless of what people say, you are the one who is responsible for your own life. Not anyone else.
So don’t let what people say or will say determine whether you will do something or not. Who knows, maybe your business can be the next big thing in your country. Employing several thousands of people. Maybe your idea can bring a lasting solution to one of the world’s greatest problems.
If you sacrifice them all on the alter of “what people will say or not say”, you will be wasting a whole lot of ideas and potentials that may take you years to recover.
Again, just like Robert Kiyosaki said, “face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you”. New opportunities, new heights etc.