Fear: It's Part of the Process. Don't Pretend It's Not.

“I would wake up in the middle of the night literally like clutching my chest, like, ‘What have I done?”

This quote could likely come from most of us entrepreneurs at one time or another. However, most of us may be surprised that it very recently came from one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time: Oprah Winfrey*.

We should be encouraged that even Oprah shares common entrepreneurial fears when launching a new venture. Fear is often part of the equation, but like risk, you shouldn’t try to ignore it or pretend it’s not there.  You should be willing to manage both fear and risk and be able to absorb a higher dose of each, or seriously consider not taking the plunge into a new venture until you’re ready for this reality.

Again, you are not alone with this emotion, and there are many resources like ActSeed and local organizations in your own neighborhood that can help you confront the issues that “keep you up at night”.

Below are two video testimonials on how a couple of ActSeed Entrepreneurs deal with their professional fears:

  

*This quote comes from Oprah’s upcoming interview on ABC television with Barbara Walters tonight (December 9).  Click here to learn more.

Oprah and Barbara Walters

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