A Fire in My Belly

“The risk you are thinking of is scary, but here’s the good news:

You’ll figure it out.”
Andy Dunn, Founder of Bonobos and Red Swan. (Read his full story here.) 

I’ve heard it said that entrepreneurs have a fire in their belly. A fire, eh? I gotta tell you, for me I’m pretty sure it’s pure, unadulterated fear. I don’t want to fail and sometimes I’m downright scared that I will. Horribly and publically. (Thanks social media.)

Maybe there are people out there who never doubt themselves. Lucky them. I, on the other hand, doubt myself all the time. Am I good enough? Smart enough? Does what I think matter? Will people get it? Am I helping anyone? Is this the right time?

I’ve cried, I’ve screamed, I’ve snapped at my husband and my closest friends. I have truly lost my shit on more than one occasion because of this fear in my belly.

But this fear is also what drives me forward; pushes me to hustle harder and faster. Wakes me up in the middle of the night and then suddenly and magically dissolves into determination to succeed.

Feeling scared? Good. Starting a company is scary and hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. I mean can you imagine if your crazy cousin, Carl, started selling those weird anchovy and jelly sandwiches he makes? Eww, right? No one wants that.

So let’s not ignore the fear or deny it. Instead, we’ll embrace it and cherish it and use it to our advantage. We’ll fake it till we make it, yeah?

Keep moving forward, one step at a time.

You’ve got this.

We’ve got this.

As always,

This post was written by
A reformed corporate rock star with a serious addiction to food porn. She is a serial blogger, small business coach, and lover of casual Friday's. When not writing, researching, or coaching, she can be found working on her other blog(s) or watching action hero cartoons with her boys.

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