In this 5 part series I’ll be talking about 4 ways we let self doubt creep in & 5 Ways to Overcome Hurdles -Including:
- Asking for advice from people who aren’t in your target market.
- That nagging voice – Doubt
- Fear of Failure
- I’m not an expert! Ha!
- 5 things you can do to move past your hurdles
That nagging voice - Doubt
Self doubt is the number one killer of entrepreneurial success (at least in my world). When doubt creeps in, it can suck all the fun out of my new ideas. It can ultimately freeze a whole profitable project in its tracks.
And it can sneak up at the most unexpected times. Sometimes it happens before I’ve shared my idea with anyone. Other times, people are already clamoring to buy my product and/or service and I freeze. I begin to wonder if what I originally offered, I can actually deliver. What if it’s not as good as “the next guy”, or even what the customer hoped for?
Doubt can keep me in paralysis for years – going back to my safety net and doing work I’m “good at”. But continuously listening to doubt – year after year – can lead to permanent disability. You may one day wake up after seeing endless ‘carcasses of unfinished ideas’, and decide to never ever try again.
That hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’ve seen it happen. And I think this really surprises some of my family members who have seen all of my “half starts”.
It reminds me of this house we went to in Manitoba with literally thousands of life sized sculptures in the yard. The owner was an amazing artist. As a teenager, this was the closest I’d ever been to a replica of Michelangelo’s David.
There were hundreds of unfinished (and not perfect) sculptures abandoned.
And the oddest thing to me was this. This 85 year old man was obviously doing this his entire life, and it seemed to me that NO one knew.
He had statues in his front garden (well, everywhere – it was a mess), and people who drove past daily would have known. But the people who would have loved to own his work? How would they find him? A simple phone listing was all he had. Word of mouth, I suppose. He was broke and died that way
Because of this old man’s story, and the passion of some of my entrepreneurial family members, I remind myself to keep moving forward, even when I’m terrified of rejection and failure.
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