I’m Scared to Fail

I’m scared to fail.

There, I said it! I’ve been in business for over two years now and I’m still scared. Does this stop me? Nope! I know that I’ve got the drive and ability to be successful. This is not just a hobby for me. This is my passion! I’m just not cut out for what I’ve called the cubicle life. I get too antsy too quickly.

I thought about what my passion truly is over the last week. What I realized pretty quickly is that my passion is to work from home as a business owner and blogger. First, I thought about why I felt this way. I came up with the fact that I want to be my own boss. Next, I thought about why I want to be my own boss. For that, I came up with the reason that I’ve always answered to myself and no one else. I want to keep it that way. Lastly, my passion for writing, freelancing and blogging have grown over the last two years.

First, there are always going to be doubters. Second, people will tell me/you that it’s not possible to be successful as an entrepreneur. I respectfully disagree! I see some of my favorite people doing this and being so great at it. In fact, check out Horkey Handbook or Believe In a Budget for proof that people like me (and you) can do this! The keys to success (many of them) are below and they work! Another thing you may be told is that you’re not talented enough to succeed. Believing that is believing in BS! We are all talented in our own amazing ways!

The keys to success (many of them) are below and they work! Another thing you may be told is that you’re not talented enough to succeed. Believing that is believing in BS! We are all talented in our own amazing ways! A big reason I have been able to continue when clients don’t come to me so quickly is that I believe in myself and have the passion for what I’m doing. First thing’s first, what are the keys to success? These are my top four but it’s not an exhaustive list.

Keys to Success

  1. Passion
  2. Drive
  3. Love of yourself
  4. Love of your Brand

Failure is bound to happen from time to time. Success usually follows. Fight for your business, fight for your brand, fight for yourself! When people get you down, pull yourself up and continue on. I’m scared to fail. You’re probably saying to yourself “Rob, how can you still say that after all this?” Easy, I’m still human!

Until next time!

Fighting the Urge to Give Up

downloadA large portion of a freelancer’s time (and anyone who runs their own business) is spent marketing themselves to potential clients. This is a great way to get more work/clients, but it can be a daunting task. That is part of the reason I added virtual assisting to my menu of services. I know how difficult it is to always market yourself via social media, blogs, and other online or offline avenues.

That being said, there is always a time where you will want to give up. Yes, it is true. I do not like to even think about it but let’s face it, we’ve all been there. My biggest piece of advice is simply….DON’T! That’s right. I said don’t give up. Fight the urge to throw in the towel. I have been pitching a ton lately and have only gotten one response in the positive. Some have said they are short on cash. Others say they do not have the time to think about it right now, etc. Those are both understandable. I get it. I am just starting out full tilt with my freelance VA career and I don’t have the cash to hire someone right now either. It gets overwhelming. There have been days that I don’t want to write or pitch. Sometimes I take those days off. Other times, I push my butt to pitch or write because I love what I do.

Something I tend to think about a lot when I have the urge to toss in the towel or get discouraged is to remember my “why”. What I mean by that is remembering why I got into this career besides my love for it. I got into this career to help me pay down my student loan debt. Yup, that’s right, I’m in debt to the government from when I got my education. Most of us can relate to that, right? I thought so. My reason or why is because I want to be debt free by the time I am 40. I am 32 and a half now so I have 7.5 years to go. Guess what?! I can do it!

If you have a “why” to starting your business, I encourage you to remember it every time you think you want to give up. It will give you the motivation to push and succeed. Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to with your business and never give up!