Fear & Faith Of An Entrepreneur
I’m an entrepreneur and it’s scary. Being an entrepreneur fills me with fear at times.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. I’m confident in my abilities, I work hard and every day is a personal quest to develop my skills and increase my knowledge. I apply and test this knowledge and over the years have gained experience which gives me confidence in my decisions and my judgment.
But I’m still scared.
The fear of inadequacy, of being unable to meet my lofty goals. The fear of somehow being unable to pay my daughter’s school tuition fees next month. The fear that I’ll let everyone who believes in me, who supports me and relies upon me, down.
The fear that all the time, effort, sacrifice and money in a project will be wasted. The fear I’ll make a mistake and lose customers. The fear I’ll put too much strain on my family. The fear of just being wrong. The fear of losing my house. The fear of losing it all.
Just to name a few.
Fear. It’s always there. As an entrepreneur, I’m sure it never goes away, no matter how successful you are or have been. That’s true for me and for countless others I know.
So, how do you deal with this fear? And why even bother?
Faith. Pure faith that everything will work out.
I didn’t say succeed because sometimes projects just won’t, no matter what you believe when you begin.
But have faith knowing that even if it doesn’t succeed like you’d planned, you’ll learn something. Something that will make you smarter. Something that will make you stronger. Something that will make you change and grow. Something that will make you a better entrepreneur.
Without faith, fear will stop your entrepreneurial journey in its tracks. It can stop you before you even begin. It can stop you making the decisions you need to make to grow. To grow yourself and your business. It can stop you taking the risks you need to take, risks that entrepreneurs always need to take to succeed.
With faith, fear will challenge you. It will force you to grow, to learn, to develop and improve. It will force you to take responsibility. It can help you fulfill your potential. It can lead you to the life you want. It can make you the person you want to become, the entrepreneur you want to become.
It can give you feelings that not many people experience.
The feelings of satisfaction and immense pride in saying, “I’m an entrepreneur”.
How do you deal with your fears as an entrepreneur? How do you keep faith?
Let me know here on BeBee or over on Twitter.
Thanks for reading!
First posted on rosscampbell.me