Is there anything scarier than starting your own business?
Roaches? Snakes? Likely so, but I’m finding that starting a small business can be pretty darn scary too.
My family and friends include a number of entrepreneurs. Insurance agents, doctors, engineers, restaurant and childcare professionals… you name it! These people are courageous and admirable risk-takers. They know their talents and strengths, and went out on their own, knowing they were capable of great things.
Inspired by these individuals, becoming an entrepreneur has always been in the back of my head. However, somehow, the timing was never quite right. That little voice questions if the timing is truly perfect. A pinch of fear asks if this courageous and risk-taking path could be mine too?
Dale Carnegie says that the best way to conquer fear is to imagine the worst case scenario. Once you come to terms with that, any result is better (or at least no worse) than expected.
Steve Jobs wisely noted that, “Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure: These things just fall away in the face of death.”
So what is there to lose?
Are there things I won’t know? You bet! Will I learn some lessons and fall on my face along the way? Likely so! But that’s the beauty of risk! Pushing yourself to see what you have the potential to become! Trying so you never have to wonder “What if…?”
What an amazing opportunity! With that, I make my leap.