Overcoming Fear Of Failure
An essential first step in realizing the dream of become a business owner is Overcoming Fear Of Failure.
So you’re pretty smart. You think a lot, you dream of a better future, more money, a bigger house, travel, a better life. Mostly, you’re not satisfied and really want to do your own thing. I remember all the years I hesitated to get started, all the questions, all the fears, but mostly the frustration I felt being constrained by the limitations imposed on me by others. So 34 years ago I took the plunge, and have never looked back.
One of my cherished possessions is a paperweight, a gift from my daughter Linda. Inscribed thereon is a simple question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
History is rife with stories of individuals who overcame the advice of ‘experts’ and accomplished a feat judged impossible by the learned cognoscenti. Man’s ability to fly, traveling into space, a small powerful telephone that fits in your pocket. All thought to be beyond reach—now commonplace.
Henry Ford dreamed of the wraparound automobile windshield. All the experts said the same thing—it couldn’t be fabricated safely and reliably. He hired two bright college graduates, neither of which knew anything about glass fabrication. In less than six months they accomplished the goal. You see, no one told them it couldn’t be done. They had no negative input to get in their way—they just did it.
In 1913, William Mulholland brought water to Los Angeles over 233 miles of mountains and desert. He did it under budget and in less time than predicted. How? Simple, he didn’t know it was impossible.
Kelly Johnson ran the Skunk Works at Lockheed. Under his direction, Lockheed built the most advanced aircraft ever produced in record time, under budget, and usually returned money to customers. He didn’t understand the phrase, “Can’t be done.”
What about you? What idea circulates through your fertile mind that could help mankind, become the next hot Internet idea and just maybe make you a bundle of money?
What stops you? Does everyone tell you your idea is crazy? Are you confronted with negativity everywhere you turn? Are you afraid to leave a steady boring job for the possibility of something truly exciting? The only thing stopping you is yourself. Success at such endeavors converts the ‘crazy idea’ into the commonly heard expression, “Wish I’d thought of that!”
Our world is filled with naysayers who are unwilling to step out of the ordinary, take a chance on a new idea, or make themselves uncomfortable for the chance to do something really exciting. They discourage others, kill enthusiasm, and take the drive out of those they influence.
People like Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, Steve Jobs, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Jackie Robinson, Mark Zuckerberg, and many more are (or were) just ordinary people who had an idea, took a chance, and in the process made a huge impact on the world.
But yet you say, “What if I fail?”
So you fail one, two, or even ten times along the way. Thomas Edison tried 648 different materials before he made a practical light bulb. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple Computer, and nearly went bankrupt trying to create his second computer company. But he returned, built ®Apple into the most valuable company on earth, and changed the way we work and play.
Thirty-four years ago I was a neophyte in the world of business. I knew a great deal about my field of expertise, electro-optical systems. But I knew nothing of running a business. The everyday boring stuff like keeping records, accounting, shipping and receiving, quotations, legal issues, liability insurance, corporate structures, and that small important detail, invoicing for my services.
Does this describe you?
You can do this for yourself—you know you can. You manage to convince your wife or husband that you’re going to start. But what about all the rest of the stuff, the business side? This is where the big mistakes are made. Where do you turn? Who do you ask?
Unfortunately, the answer is probably that there are no answers. You are about to get life’s biggest lesson. But maybe I can give you some good suggestions. Follow these blogs and avoid some of the pitfalls that crop up like weeds in a newly planted lawn.
This life is a test. It is only a test.
Had it been an actual life you would receive instructions on where to go and what to do.
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