And there you are two weeks later. You have decided to take matters into your own hands, to do what you feel is best for you and your writing. You have created a company, are taking a class, and are in the process of developing a website (with or without help it does not really matter). You have compiled a list of services you can offer; you are working on nondisclosure agreements and contracts for potential authors. On blog posts, just like this one and at the same time, you are diligently working on launching the first book that will come out of this publishing company. Your book.
All of this bring butterflies in the stomach. But it also brings worries to mind. Am I doing the right thing? I thought to myself this morning at 5 am when I woke up. Is this something that I can support if it goes big?
The fear of the unknown can be a powerful and common emotion when starting a business. Stepping into the realm of entrepreneurship means embarking on a journey with uncertain outcomes, uncharted territories, and unfamiliar challenges. It's natural to feel anxious about the risks, financial implications, and the possibility of failure. The fear of the unknown often stems from a lack of experience, limited knowledge of the market, or the unpredictable nature of business dynamics.
However, it is important to recognize that this fear can also be a catalyst for growth and innovation. By acknowledging and embracing the fear, you can channel your energy into careful planning, thorough research, and calculated risks. It is through facing the unknown with courage and resilience that you have the opportunity to learn, adapt, and ultimately thrive in the ever-changing business landscape.
So what I did was remind myself of what I always say to my self when I have concerns at my full-time job: ‘’Have your long-term goal but remember that you must take one small step at a time to get there. Make small, attainable, short-term goals. Everything will fall into place.’’
Then I think to myself some more and say out loud: Life doesn’t always go where we want it to go. Sometimes doing something new can be scary, and getting out of your comfort zone can be intimidating. But you never know where it will lead you until you try. It could take you somewhere exciting!