What’s holding you back in business?
Often times the only thing that holds entrepreneurs back from launching a startup, scaling a profitable small business or going after new customers is the fear of failure — the proposition of risking it all. However, learning to cope with, manage and overcome fear and failure in business can ultimately make you a better leader and entrepreneur.
Here are ten of our favorite articles designed to inspire you to overcome fear, face failure and tackle risky business:
1. Never Give Up, Fail Early, Fail Often: An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs
Contrary to popular belief, success and failure sometimes go hand in hand. If you want to succeed, you must be prepared to fail. On the road to success, you may face different challenges that if taken for face value, could deter you from your goals. Frustration from financial problems, slow business, and low sales may cause you to want to throw in the towel, but should you give up and quit? Absolutely not. Read more
2. Eliminating Entrepreneurship Fear: 5 Things to Consider Before You Take the Plunge
It’s safe to say that one of the biggest things that hold a person back from pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions is fear of failure. But what are you really afraid of? When reflecting on your own personal failures, you probably remember the lessons you learned from it rather than being hung up on the fact that you failed. The truth is, what failure implies is what really holds you back. Read more
3. Help! I’ve Failed and I Can’t Get Up: 3 Ways to Recover From a Business Setback
Every successful entrepreneur has failed at some point in business. With success comes mistakes, and as Einstein puts it, “Failure is only an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” However, that doesn’t make failure any easier to handle. It can be tough to recover from–but it’s not impossible. Everyone is capable of bouncing back after a setback, but it is up to you to make the choice to pick yourself up and keep going. Read more
4. Startup Sabotage: 5 Ways to Stop Self-Sabotage in Business
One common thread that fledging entrepreneurs and their pre-launch or launch stage businesses is the “launch roadblock” of self-sabotage. After the excitement of a new endeavor has subsided, the overwhelming feeling of fear, doubt, and vulnerability take over. It’s scary revealing you and your idea to the world; what if no one likes it? What if it fails? Read more
5. Business Stress: How to Deal With Disappointment as an Entrepreneur
The reality of life is that things don’t always go as we hope or plan. The feeling of disappointment hits home for small business owners at some point or another. Sometimes that press release may not garner as much media attention as you had hoped, or a big client you were banking on may get cold feet, and disappointment and anguish flood your emotions. However, as an entrepreneur you cannot allow disappointment to knock you off track. Read more