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Confronting entrepreneurial fears

Being an entrepreneur is all about fear: fear of failing, fear of missing out, fear of making the wrong decision, and even fear of success. The difference between succeeding and failing is how you choose to confront your fears.

The day you quit your job is going to be scary. The day you make your first cold call is going to be scary. The day you pick a price is going to be scary. The day you have to fire someone is going to be scary.

The secret is: It’s okay to be scared. You just have to be more scared of missing an opportunity than you are of actually failing at it. How do you think Obama felt before giving this speech in 2004? I’m sure he was terrified but how could he have passed up the opportunity to speak to the entire nation?

You have to embrace the fear. You have to try. And eventually, just trying matters. And suddenly you’re not afraid anymore.