The other day an aspiring entrepreneur said he admired me because I was not afraid of failing. It’s true that I enjoy complements more than I probably should, but I was shocked that he actually thought that of me.
I had to set him straight.
The truth is, not only have I been afraid at the start of every big project I have ever undertaken, but I have been utterly terrified at times while running them. Both the media and some founders love to portray entrepreneurs as bold visionaries who don’t question their convictions and never doubt what their next move should be, but that is pure fiction.
If you are starting a company and are not at least a little bit afraid, you either don’t really understand what you are attempting, or your project is not ambitious enough.
It’s good to be afraid. Just don’t let your fear get in your way.