Tell me, did you ever meditate on the following question:
Why is it so difficult to launch my own freedom business?
This is a question I used to ask myself a lot, when I was going through frustrating times. It often ended up with me complaining about bad luck, or that annoying guy who already had the same idea as me.
Well, it’s no surprise I was complaining: I’m French after all (and French people complain a lot ;-) ).
But even outside of my Cheese Motherland, there are hundreds of thousands of brilliant minds all around the world who keep dreaming about launching their own venture, but face the challenges of:
- Not having enough time to dedicate to their project,
- Not having enough money to develop their product or website,
- And often … not having an idea.
I believe they’re asking themselves the wrong question.
Instead of “why is it so difficult”, they should be asking themselves:
Why do I make it so difficult for myself to launch my own freedom business?
At the end of the day, the three blockers I listed above are just our own internal fluff and drama, stuff we complain about to avoid dealing with the tough questions.
Take lack of time for instance: if you don’t over-think it, you can create a simple website for your business in maybe 1 hour on SquareSpace. Similarly, it is also fairly easy to find a few hours a week to create and launch a business, when you really want it.
Money? There are dozens of websites where you can crowdfund your product development. And if you have an urgent need you can start earning money as a freelancer today by creating a profile on Upwork or about any other relevant marketplace.
And if you don’t have an idea, you can just copy one you like today, including PaidtoExist.com. Seriously, unique ideas are rare and most businesses are just copies of existing ones. So as long as you don’t steal, or act unfairly or illegally, you can definitely copy an idea today and make it your own.
Objectively, if you constantly think positive solutions rather than problems, it is fairly easy to launch your own freedom venture.
But things are not that easy in the real life: we are all beautiful and imperfect humans, and we don’t always do what’s best for us.
Why is that? Are we scared of something?
I believe so …
You see, I believe that behind every unaccomplished entrepreneur, there is …
A subconscious fear of success holding them back
It sounds weird right? After all, who doesn’t want to be successful?
But it’s one thing to only dream about it, and another to actually start actively trying to make a dream of success come true. And the closer we get to it, the bigger chance that our subconscious will attempt to sabotage our efforts.
Why? Because we want change but we also fear it. We fear of selling out, of becoming someone different and this affecting our relationship with people close to us. We are scared of failure, bigger responsibly and even bigger expectations, of having to get out of our boring, yet safe bubble, into the scary unknown.
Does any of that resonate with you? Take a minute or two in your busy day to reflect on that, and let me know what you think in the comments.
They Have NO FEAR …
Think for a second about the successful entrepreneurs we all know: Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, etc.
When I think about these guys, I see NO FEAR. If these guys lost their business overnight and had to start everything from the scratch again, it wouldn’t even bother them.
On the other hand, unsuccessful entrepreneurs are caught in Catch 22 situation – they say they want success but they are also secretly (sometimes so secretly they even don’t realize it themselves) terrified by it.
I’m not immune to it. This fear really messed up with my life as well. It made me run away from golden opportunities, and throw away months’ worth of work … just like that! Without any apparently valid reason.
And you know what? Fear of success is still around to a certain extent. It’s just one of these annoying mind chatters I can hear all the time.
It actually started to bite me again on Monday afternoon, so I decided to share these thoughts with you:
If your results as an entrepreneur haven’t been as you wish they could have been, try to reflect on this experience through the “fear of success” prism. You might start seeing things differently.
And keep in mind that, apart from the rock star entrepreneurs I mentioned above, most of us are scared of success one way or another. It’s fine, as long as you learn how to manage it and it doesn’t hold you back.
Let me know what you think in the comments (I know some of you will disagree :) ).
In the next post, I’ll reveal my antidote for fear of success.
As often with powerful things, it’s simple … and it can help you move mountains.