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Overcome your fears and stop believing lies

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The biggest thing you can do to overcome your fear of starting a business is to stop believing the lies. The lie that a new venture is less secure than your current 9-5 desk job, the lie that the new venture will never succeed, the lie that you don’t have what it takes.

Step out in faith, take a risk (not a risk taker by nature?, neither was I), but make a plan! Read books like Start and Quitter by John Acuff to inspire you to action. They key is to start NOW. Don’t wait for the right time, it will never come.

Make a plan, and work your plan….death by 1,000 cuts is the name of the game. Overnight success never happens, and startups don’t happen overnight either. Even though startups seem like a dime a dozen, they were all born out of an idea that was incubated over time.

So, stop believing that starting a business is out of reach, or too risky. With a little bit of planning and a leap of faith, your dreams can become reality.

Fear is a liar

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Fear is a loud annoying liar. It screams at you, “YOU CAN”T DO THAT.” But, you know what? That is a bold faced lie. I heard those voices for eight years before I broke the bonds of fear and started my own business.

Fear spoke to me in a variety of ways. It told me going freelance wasn’t, “secure” enough, it said you will never make enough money on your own, it told me you better stay at your Government desk job with matching retirement and good health insurance.

I heard all sorts of lies that kept me from going out on my own. Everything that held me back was just some form of fear keeping his thumb on me so I would stay right where I was, complacent and paralyzed.

It took quite a bit of motivation to get me to see that having a “dream” job really was possible. Enjoying one’s work isn’t just some sort of pipe dream, unless of course your dream is to become a plumber. It’s possible for anybody to enjoy the work they do for a living.

There was a time that I dreaded Monday’s. I rejoiced when hump day hit, and let out a cry of joy on Friday because the workweek was almost done. But, now things have shifted. My work never truly ends, and I long for the start of the workweek so I can get back to performing meaningful work that I love.

Starting a business might not be for everybody, though. Before I started my own business I was working hard, sending out resumes to companies I would love to work for and could get behind their mission. There were plenty of jobs out there that would allow me to utilize my talents and skills to better the world in some way. The same is true for anybody out there. Finding those jobs just takes patience, persistence, and a lot of hustle. Simply firing off you’re resume in an email won’t even land you an interview.

The point being, fear speaks loudly to us when we are trying to do something amazing. We have to silence that fear though, and refuse to believe the lies spoken to us. Anything worth doing requires risk, and will be a little bit scary. If it doesn’t scare you a bit, it’s probably not worth pursuing.

Sacrifice is needed to START

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Starting a business is never easy.

It will never be a cakewalk.

You will never start anything if you don’t give something up.

Sacrifice  can be many different things, it can be:

  • Financial, dropping from a two income household to one
  • Time, and insane amount of time may me required to start
  • Security, giving up the false sense of security of a well paying job with insurance
  • Beginning something new that is foreign and scary to you

Starting takes a leap of faith. If it’s not difficult for you to do, it’s probably not worth doing and will probably never happen.

Starting takes being bold, and doing things most people think is CRAZY!

Starting takes leaving your comfort zone, living on rice and beans, beginning your journey before you FEEL ready, because you will never truly feel ready.

Excuses are a dime a dozen..just START!

Step out in faith start your journey. Embrace the discomfort of new beginnings. You will be glad you did.

Fear is a liar: 6 lies fear feeds you when starting a business

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FEAR IS A LIARFear, it stops you dead in your tracks. It says, “You can’t do that.” It keeps people, including you, from realizing their full potential. Fear keeps you mediocre. It prevents you from being awesome. Here are six lies that fear feeds you when you are on the verge of starting something awesome.

1.  I have a secure job and a great retirement plan. I can’t leave and start fresh.
This is a very common lie that many people believe. It’s completely false though. No matter how secure you may think your job is, it’s never that secure. My first job out of college was the all-illusive “secure” government job. Well, three years into working for the City of Denton, they instituted mass lay-offs. Hundreds of people lost their jobs, and I bet you every single one of them thought their job was “secure.” Many of them probably even lost company matching with their retirement plan because they hadn’t been there long enough.

2. There are too many competitors out there.
Ok, lets just throw this one out the window right now. Anybody who has had a business class can tell you that competition is good. Competition essentially serves as third party marketing for your product. Just look at the energy bar isle at Whole Foods, there are TONS of bars to chose from and yet many of those companies have been in business for years. New competition brings awareness to the category and gives everybody selling energy bars a lift.

3. I won’t make enough money.
First of all, let me stay this; you can live on a lot less than you think. It’s going to take some sacrifice though. First of all, decide when you want to get serious about launching your business. After you do that, start making some life adjustments. Cancel all those frivolous monthly accounts such as NetFlix, Hulu, Satellite TV, and pointless subscription boxes. Revisit your budget and figure out what is truly needed and what isn’t. Be prepared to lower your grocery budget and live on rice and beans for a while. I used to spend $600 a month on MYSELF for groceries, but once I launched my business my wife and I BOTH lived off $400 a month for groceries. Sure, I had to give up buying everything organic, but eventually all of that will be added back into our budget. But for now we are making a sacrifice. Check out my recent post “living lean” for more thoughts on this.

Starting a business isn’t easy, and you will make less in the start, but once you make the switch into a job you are truly passionate about, you will reap the rewards. It just won’t happen overnight.

4. But I need insurance and benefits.
This is another lie that fear will feed you. Do you REALLY need it, or does it just provide you a false sense of security. I haven’t had insurance for over three years now, and during that time I have always managed to pay whatever doctor bill came my way. But I also don’t go to the doctor like I used to. When I cold comes on I suck it up and treat it with home remedies and wait for it to pass. No more Z-Packs (which never worked for me anyway).

Also, there are all sorts of individual health savings plans, 401k’s, and group insurance policies you can join. Insurance and benefits alone should not be a reason to not start something awesome.

5.    I don’t have the experience.
Again, this is another bold-faced lie! Experience is overrated. I can tell you from EXPERIENCE. You don’t need experience. All you really need is passion, the willingness to learn combined with the drive and determination to bring your dream to fruition. When I started Bearded Brothers I knew absolutely nothing about the packaged food business. The most relevant experience I had was working in the Sea Food/Butcher Block counter at Albertsons when I was in High School.

I am under the belief that if somebody wants something bad enough they can learn whatever it is they need to become an expert in that field. I’m still far from an expert myself when it comes to food manufacturing, but I’m in the heat of it, constantly learning and growing my skill sets. I learn new things every day; from improving manufacturing techniques to the proper way to price my product to distributors so it hits a good retail price on the shelf.

6.    The economy is horrible right now.
When will the economy ever be truly “good” again? Gas will never drop back down to .85 per gallon (the price I paid when I was 16). A gallon of milk will never drop below a dollar. The truth is, a bad economy is only a false perception. Even though prices constantly go up, people are still buying and the economy is still thriving. Using the economy as an excuse is fear bullying you into not starting.

Fear is the biggest liar ever, especially when it comes to starting an awesome, new business. Fear doesn’t want you to succeed. Fear wants to keep you right where you are. For the longest time fear kept me from leaving my traditional full time job and starting my own business. All of the excuses above where things fear whispered into my ear daily. But when I finally let go and stopped believing the lies, it was the best thing I ever did.