Running the show is terribly exciting, isn’t it? I mean, why else would you be following your entrepreneurial dreams and choosing to learn so much by the seat of your pants?
The joys of running your own business are many, and as captain of the ship, one of the best things is that you get to decide what’s happening next. You call the shots so things move in the direction you want them to, although there is a flip-side.
Being in charge also means that you’re in the position to avoid areas of business that make you wary or uncomfortable. Of course, it’s possible to be successful to a certain degree and still avoid the areas that generate fear or hesitation.
Although, it should be pointed out that if you’re able to overcome those fears, you probably could be that much more of a powerhouse.
So what are those particular areas that are causing you the most stress which you therefore avoid? Well, as they may vary from person to person, I’ve decided to take a look at three of the most common fears for a young founder to have as well as you some suggestions for facing your fears.
Your Role As A Boss
When your startup was just taking its first steps, the team you formed was a team of equals. Each person had their own specialty and therefore in these early stages, everyone was acting more like equals. However, as your startup grows, it’s important to realize that you’re actually the true boss and this comes with great responsibility.
This means making unpopular decisions more often than you’d like. If you want to take your startup to the next level, you’re just going to have to do what’s right for the startup and not simply what makes certain team members happy.
If you’re a parent, this probably sounds vaguely familiar.
Sales Tactics or Style
A lot of newbies, when it comes to sales, are afraid of coming across as too aggressive or overbearing. Somehow, they want the potential customer simply to understand the intrinsic value of their product.
While that would be nice, not to mention absolute magic, it just doesn’t work that way. That said, sales don’t necessarily have to be that way. You’ve got to find your own voice and your own style of relating to the people to whom you are selling.
Some sales people relate very well to the person they are selling to and make buying a product from them a pleasure. Sometimes, intense pitching without being too pushy about it works. Yes, it’s a fine line but a balance does exist.
The truth is that you just have to do it over and over before you suddenly get used to it and are comfortable with it. So just get out there and practice.
It’s ok to make mistakes! Just learn from them and move on.
Dreaming Doesn’t Make Sense Anymore
Maybe after a number of years in your routine you’ve become comfortable with the level at which your startup is performing. You’re doing the day-to-day, it works for you, and you’re comfortable.
Maybe you think the level of success you once thought about was just unrealistic.
What happened to those dreams?
When you’re too comfortable, you’re not innovating nor are you evolving. Stay at this point too long and the competition is probably going to eat you alive.
The more important point is to continue dreaming and thinking big. This is the spice.
Undoubtedly, you’ll achieve even more success with your startup this way. Evolution, whether personal or in business, always means you’ve learned something and are better for it.
Remember, you can always be more successful. You’re capable of achieving success as long as you face your fears and challenge yourself – don’t let fear stop you from being the best startup founder you always knew you could be!