H.P. Lovecraft once said, “The oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown.” The future is a windy road, and we never quite know what’s around the next bend. From exposing our most sensitive components during a new relationship or taking the plunge to become our own boss, fear is typically the one thing that holds us back from living our most authentic lives.
I was an editor at a pretty predominant newspaper. Two years into my career there, the company went bankrupted and everyone was laid off. Between unemployment checks and freelancing, I made ends meet but soon enough, I was making enough money as a freelancer to support myself without unemployment. Around this time, I stopped looking for full time work and decided to go at it on my own.
Those two years of working for myself were fantastic. I went to Europe for a month, Texas, and New Orleans. I wrote about race horses, the mob, and making it as a single twenty-something in the digital age of dating. But with all of the joy I had, I still had this gnawing fear in my gut that my world and company would collapse right underneath me.
So how do you get over the fear of launching your own company? Whether you’re a blogger looking to start a web content biz or a group of buddies seeking to create the newest hot startup, how do you get to the next phase when the gaping unknown is yawning on both sides of you and you’re on a tightrope?
One of the biggest lessons that I have learned as a solopreneur is that the risk is usually worth the reward. To go at it on your own, you need a team of supporters, at least a year’s worth of savings, but most importantly, you need to be willing to take that risk of leaping into the unknown.
Who knows – you might fail, but then again, you might flourish.