There are times in every entrepreneur’s life when fear will be a part of your experience, but don’t fear failure, seek out fear for the positive things it can bring about in your life. Our startup posters kick ass and help you face your fears. Here are five motivational quotes about fear that every entrepreneur should know.
If you start to approach the things you fear, you might find that many of them are things you don’t fully appreciate or understand. Sometimes simply reframing the things you’re afraid of and coming to learn more about them will change the nature of your fear.
When you face up to the things that make you most afraid you often find that they aren’t as terrifying as you could’ve imagined. Often a fear of heights can be overcome by facing it. Other times fear of failure can be defeated by facing your own defeat and learning first hand that it isn’t fatal. Take the time to face your fears and give up battling them.
Leave it to Marilyn to teach us that we should live while we’re alive. Yes, maybe your fears feel more serious than “stupid,” but the essence of the message is that whatever holds you back from experiencing a full spectrum of your own life really isn’t worth your time. If fear is holding you back from living, then it’s time to let go.
Much like the earlier inspirational quote says, simply facing your fear by doing it is one of the surest ways to beat it. In business, this can mean a lot of things for you. Perhaps it’s your fear of approaching venture capitalists, or maybe it’s your fear of hiring your first employee in your startup. Only you know what fears are unique to you, but the surest way to overcome them is to face them, make a decision and to experience the results.
There’s a great truth that no is never final and failure is never fatal. You can overcome whatever obstacles are ahead of you that are causing you to fear moving forward. What Franklin says is perhaps the best way to think about fear, not as a thing to worry over, but to know that failures are a certainty in life but that you can choose to keep going forward toward your dreams and successes.