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[128] The Fears We All Face

 

There are so many different fears that we face when starting and growing a business.

You may think you are the only one who feels these things – but you are not. We ALL feel a huge range of fears around fear, success, and many other things.

The key is to feel the fear and do it anyway.

 

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Quotes & Highlights in this episode:

  • There are lots of different fears for the business that can hold us back.
  • It’s important to acknowledge these fears and push through them.
  • The Fear of Failure: what if I will never be a success or get to where I want to go?
  • “What’s the worst that can happen if your dream doesn’t turn into a reality?”
  • Success takes time – 1, 2 or even 5 years.
  • The Fear of Success: what happens when I succeed?
  • Plan ahead for increased workload and outputs early on – consider systems and processes.
  • The Fear of Making the Wrong Decision: what happens if I make the wrong, or no, choice?
  • “Thing the thing to know about business is there are no guarantees, there are no right or wrong answers.”
  • “Business is risky, you have to see it as an experiment.”
  • “Fail fast, fail often and see it as a learning experience”
  • The Fear of Theft: what happens if someone copies my work?
  • Ensure you use due diligence and be prepared in the unlikely chance this happens. Manage it and then move on.
  • See Podcast Episodes 124 and 126 for more on handmade business legalities.
  • The Fear of Being Alone: what if I say no to a request?
  • There is a line between being customer service focused and ensuring your work life is sustainable.
  • Always under promise and over deliver.
  • Know your limits and policies are to make decisions easier. Be firm but fair.
  • Everybody feels these fears. You are not alone.

 

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Jess

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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at Epheriell.com. You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

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