Fear and Paralysis


As promised in my last post, let us discuss each fear we have in us, one by one:

    • I am not creative: Actually, most of us have a fair bit of creativity. We just don't tap into it often. Furthermore, entrepreneurship is a team sport. Perhaps someone else on your team will be the creative spark plug. You do not need to do everything.
    • I am not an engineer: It turns out that engineers are about 2% of the U.S. workforce. Most of you will NOT be engineers. That is why you need a team!
    • I do not know anybody. I have no network: We mistake the superficiality of social media interaction for having, or not having, friends. Make a list of people whom you could call at any time for help. I am sure this list would be far more extensive than you had imagined. Everyone has a network - big or small. It just has to be nourished and sometimes rejuvenated.
    • I never have any really brilliant ideas: Entrepreneurship is more than just about brilliant ideas. An idea without execution is meaningless. Sometimes the ability to complete things may be the more pressing talent a business needs.
    • I have a lot of great ideas but I do not know where to start: My book (Discover The Entrepreneur Within) will provide you with a model to starting and completing tasks.
    • I never finish anything I start: You are going to have to learn and commit to doing so, or you will let your team and yourself down.
    • I have no money: There are many new options now, including crowdfunding.
    • I have no time: All of us have 24 hours in a day. What we do with those 24 hours is what can make or break us. Could you find a couple of hours of time for yourself in a day? I think most people can, if it is important enough to them.
    • I'd like to give it a try but I am just too risk averse: Entrepreneurship is not as risky as you think. Everything in life entails some risk, even crossing the street. I challenge you to reexamine your risk preference.
    • I'd love to but I don't think I can: Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." Most of us limit ourselves with our beliefs.
    • What will people (my parents, friends) think or say?: Ask yourself: whose life is this anyway?


This thought experiment was not meant to be glib; rather it was designed to help you think from a different perspective. We all have doubts and fears. The human brain is wired to worry. How do we surmount our fears? By finding solutions while also trying to understand ourselves. The reality is that the vast majority of the problems that we worry about never come to pass. To be paralyzed or not to be paralyzed is our choice.

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