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Create & Thrive Podcast: Episode 2 – This is What’s Holding You Back

We all face challenges when starting a business or even further along the track when we are attempting to grow and change.

I know I still get a little bit of fear when I launch a new product, publish a post or start a new project.

What’s the key to knowing what’s holding you back?

There are four main elements which may make you feel like you can’t get started or that you are unable to take the next step:

  1. Knowledge: You can’t possibly know all there is to know about owning a business and the truth is, often you don’t even know what knowledge you might need.
  2. Time: We all have the same 24 hours in every day but we also have different circumstances.
  3. Money: Not everyone has a bunch of money to invest into a business but others may have significant capital right from the start.
  4. Fear: This is the most significant hurdle in achieving your goals, whether it be the fear of failure or the fear of success.

What changes can we make in our lives which can overcome these problems? How can we be kinder to ourselves to ensure we feel confident enough to realise our dreams?

There will be failures and there will probably be a few of them but that doesn’t mean ‘we’ are a failure. Just like learning to ride a bike, you fall off a few times before you get the hang of it and each time you fall, you dust yourself off and get back on and try again.

Similarly, there will be successes! Own them and be proud of yourself and feel deserving of those wins. You can be a huge success whilst still staying humble and thankful.

Accept that you are in total control of your own life and your creative biz and you can make the changes necessary to be successful.

Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • ‘There were times when I thought, I’m never going to figure anything out’
  • Having people to talk to – like a mentor or group – is the best place to learn.
  • The info is out there, it’s really about having a filter.
  • You CAN break out of the lifestyle you have created for yourself and you can create something different.
  • There are a lot of time-wasting things we do. Figure out what they are, stop wasting them and let yourself be goal-centered on how you spend those pockets of time.
  • It’s never been easier than it is now to make money from your creativity.
  • You need to spend one or the other – you need to spend time or money. You need to decide what you have more of to spend.
  • The most important thing that holds you back is fear.
  • Are you being positive or are you telling yourself negative thoughts?
  • “You can be confident and humble at the same time.”
  • “You will fail and you will fail a lot and you’ll do it over and over and that is OK.”
  • Don’t be scared of doing things because you think you won’t be doing it right.
  • “Just Start”
  • Whenever you put anything out into the world, it’s scary because you’re putting a little piece of yourself out there for the world to judge.
  • “Feel the fear and do it anyway”
  • Focus on the small wins, the little steps you can take to overcoming these things everyday.


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Van Den has written 319 posts in this blog.

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 You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.


Dawn Turner

Thankyou for this episode- it was awesome. I found myself nodding in agreement as I drove along listening. I thought you might like this quote from Samuel Beckett. I have it on my fridge 🙂
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”


Love it!! Thanks for sharing, Dawn – and I’m so glad you found this episode useful 🙂

Jodie Zollinger

I am a bit behind after the summer holidays Jess, but just listened to this post and I wanted to tell you thank you for the inspiration and useful advice. I know so much of what you say is true and hopefully I can follow in your footsteps and start my own business. But it is overcoming those initial fears. Thanks again and good luck with this new podcast can’t wait to hear more!

Rebecca Storch

Hi Jess – thank you so much for these wonderful podcasts – I’ve listened to them all; twice! They really encourage me to keep going, and to believe in myself. I love what you have to say, and I really appreciate you putting all your experience and knowledge out into the world! I’ve just started my Etsy shop and I know I can make something of it with your words of wisdom in my head! : ) Thank you!!


Rebecca – I’m honoured! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been finding the podcast so helpful – and good luck getting your Etsy shop up and running!

Rebecca Storch

My pleasure, and thanks for the response : )


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