Just a quick post today because I can’t help but be energized after a meeting I had this morning. It’s really more of a pep talk than a post, but here it is anyway:
A week ago I posted a link to an article about conquering your fears of entrepreneurship. Today I had a great conversation with one of the leaders of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour about how to encourage more people to see themselves as future entrepreneurs and to go after their dreams, so I wanted to revisit the topic.
Starting a business is extremely intimidating, especially to those without a formal business background. That’s one of the reasons that I started this blog: to be an approachable resource to get straight-forward information about starting a business for those that don’t know all of the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. During my chat with the EET leader today, we discussed strategies the Tour uses to make sure that their events attract and include young people from all backgrounds, not just students currently working on a business degree, because one of the biggest hurdles to entrepreneurial success is fear…fear of failure, fear of success, fear of judgment. The key seems to be getting people to recognize the entrepreneurial traits they already possess and to make the process of entrepreneurship seem less intimidating by providing examples of entrepreneurs who the audience is able to relate to and who can candidly share how their failures led to their successes. This provides inspiration and hope to those who may otherwise be overwhelmed by the idea of jumping into business ownership.
This is very important to me because you don’t need to be on the path to being the next Google or be an expert in business processes and accounting to be a successful entrepreneur. You just need to be passionate, dedicated, and willing to seek out the advice, knowledge, and resources out there for you. So, if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur and you’re feeling overwhelmed, as all entrepreneurs do at some point (or, more realistically, at many points) along your journey, RELAX. Don’t get down on yourself for being stressed and worried. Look to a role model, mentor, or even just a stranger whom you admire to be reminded that everyone will struggle at some point but the rough patches do not mean you are headed for failure.
If there is something you need to know, just ask! Ask Google, ask your mentor, ask at SBDC or SCORE or another organization that helps entrepreneurs. Or ask me and I will do my best to either answer your question or point you to a resource that can. Just don’t get discouraged.