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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fear of Complacency

There is a post on  this week that discusses several excuses most of us use to explain why they can't make more money or start a new business.  Here is the full post:

“But starting a freelance business is too risky!” and other reasons people don’t earn more money

One aspect he mentions in particular is fear.  The following excerpt puts it nicely:

Jonathan Fields puts it best:
How do you handle fear?
“Well, comes my answer, “that depends. Fear of what?”
“Of failure, of course.”
“Wrong fear,” I add. “You wanna be afraid, really afraid, take a look at what your life’ll look like not if you try and fail…but if you keep on keeping on for decades. That’s the real nightmare scenario for most people.”
I'm sure most of us can relate to the fear of failure (I know I can).  We all know deep down that we must face that fear if we want to achieve, but how?  What can we do to move past this fear when changing careers or starting a business?

  • Effective Planning- Don't rush into new business endeavors without thinking them through.
  • Follow-through- Don't go into something if you aren't committed to it fully.
  • Support System- Have at least one person you can turn to for unbiased advice.
  • Fail- Yes, I know this isn't something we do on purpose, but honestly, once you fail and realize you're capable of handling it you will have something that is much stronger than fear: experience.
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