As I was driving yesterday I saw a van advertising Skydiving with the tagline “Fear is the thief of dreams”. A great motivator for potential skydiving customers, but also a great philosophy for business. As a sole trader business, I find that fear raises its ugly head in multiple forms and in many situations. Fear of failure, fear of stepping into something new, fear of success (yes, you read correctly!), fear of looking silly and so on. Without colleagues to share the load or bounce ideas off, fear can much more easily escalate if we let it. And of course, having to wear every ‘hat’ in the business means there will always be tasks outside our comfort zone that create fear.
So if we let fear control our actions, it WILL steal our dreams. I can think of numerous situations over the past 3 years of running a business where if I had let my fear stop me, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. It doesn’t mean that I have all the answers to not fearing, but it does mean I am getting better at pushing on regardless.
Yours in Design
Michelle Grice (Shel Design)