Success… a word that fills the hearts of some with eager excitement and others with sheer terror. How do you know if you have “what it takes” to build a successful startup? What if you…DUN…DUN..DUUUUN… fail? Fearing success is a completely natural emotion, but it should not be so strong that it debilitates you from creating something wonderful. I mean, what if you discover how truly amazing you are? What if you strike it rich? For as many things that could possibly go wrong, there are also a plethera of things that could go enchantingly right. Creating a startup is part luck, part genius, part timing and part hard work. The only way to know for sure is to try. Below, are 4 signs that you fear success and what you can do to change that.
1. You Come Up With a lot of Excuses Why You Can’t
If you are always making an excuse for why you can’t (or won’t) get started on your next startup, you just might fear success. So what if some of your family or friends don’t believe in your dreams. Big deal. Who cares if you haven’t received 1 million in vc funding (yet). Instead of finding reasons why you can’t, focus on the reasons why you can. Like, you have something amazing to offer that could change the world.
2. You Constantly Worry That You Are Under-Qualified
Unless you are going off into a field that requires you to have specific credentials (like being a doctor or lawyer), your “on paper” qualifications don’t matter as much as you think they do in the real world. If you constantly worry that you are not qualified enough to start a small business, this is a sign that you’re freaking out and might fear success. No… a third or fourth degree will not magically make you more confident to run your business. If you feel any insecurities, prepare yourself by immersing yourself inside the market on the ground level. Be willing to start small, learn by experience and don’t be afraid to fail. Another solution could be hiring a consultant to help guide you through.
3. You Often Judge Yourself Against Others, But Won’t Take the Risks That They Took to Succeed
If you are sizing yourself up against someone/ some company, but you’re not willing to take the necessary risks to succeed, you probably fear success. So, you’ve been studying your competitors, instead of allowing yourself to feel intimidated, use that energy to encourage yourself and feel empowered. If they can do it, surely you can too! Hey, they’re only human at the end of the day.
4. You Want to Quit After a Small Bump in the Road
Newsflash, bumps in the road are a part of life. Every size company, no matter how small or how large will experience hard times. That doesn’t mean you should be ready to throw in the towel at any given minute. Assess your situation to see if your feelings are justified or if you are over reacting. Sometimes, if you are going down the wrong road, instead of stopping you may need to redirect yourself. Use every moment as a chance to learn and grow.