Like Rome, Facebook, too, didn’t happen in a day. Had Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin not ditched a few lectures at Harvard University, would have the entire ground breaking idea ever kissed success? I think not.
What do you think boosted the company? Grand ideas yes, hard work yes and good fortune a big yes. But, above all, it was the lack of fear that had led Facebook past all hurdles right into the lap of a phenomenal triumph.
This one word, powerful enough to devastate entire kingdoms, can ruin your plans of a startup as well. No matter how concentratedly you have recited your affirmation verses, panic attacks may eventually kill all your efforts and take your plans down in the dumps. What actually is behind this fear anyway? Where does it come from? How to overcome it? Read on.
Feeling directionless, feeling like having reached a dead-end:
The moment you are detached from the company you had been serving for so long, for the sake of building your own empire, you are naturally gripped by a sense of feeling lost. You don’t know where to go. You don’t know where to start from. You have the idea, but don’t have the wheels to carry it forward. A simple solution to this is to keep calm and seek an expert’s advice. And remember, you’ll never know what lies ahead until you walk your steps forward.
The feeling that you aren’t just good enough:
No one’s born an expert. People learn things, sharpen their skills over time and compete hard to journey ahead. Learning needs no age, no time limit. There’s no shame in not knowing. But, there’s definitely no good in not learning. In fact, it is the one who dares adapt to new things, that survives in the end. Pretty much like Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest.
What would people say?
Dump that thought right now. ‘People’ will not earn for you, they will not come and feed you when you go broke. And about being called insane, nay, you are not. The world runs on conventional rules and regulations. But, until a risk is taken and the chains broken, freedom can never tasted, success can never be brought home. Thinking out of the box is okay, although it would definitely sound crazy to some ‘people.’
To not have the resources and the funds:
Those Aesop’s Fables granny told us when we were kids, do carry great, deep meanings. We were told how slow and steady wins the race, although I would make a little modification in adding how, today, only the smart and the steady wins the rat race. Make smart moves. Invest wisely. You may not have the money to set up lavish offices at first. You may even not have the helping hands to give you ideas and work for you. But, now that you have made up your mind, don’t look back. Walk alone if you have to. But, never stop.
The awful fear of failing and getting rejected:
This is the worst of them all. And it’s so common! No one likes to be a failure, no one likes to be insignificant. But then, you never learned to walk without falling down a few times, did you? Learning from one’s failures is the wisest thing one can do. Let your setbacks be your strength instead. Problems are, but, challenges, accepting which, makes you yet more robust.
Take the road less trodden. And who knows, you may even end up discovering the route to El Dorado! Good luck with your entrepreneurship.