Some people are apparently more afraid of starting their own business than jumping out of a plane. That’s how powerful the fear of failure can be.
We’d rather do something that could get us killed than do something new. Researchers found that about a third of Americans are more afraid of starting their own company than sky diving.1Source: USA Today
Even if many of them hate their jobs and want to quit. Why are we so afraid of doing something new?
- Moving to a different city, state, or country
- Going to activities by ourselves
- Starting a business
- Switching careers
I can go on like that for a while, but you get the point. Doing something new or different that you’re doing right now is scary. You have to step out of your existing (and often safe) routines.
You have to step into uncertainty. You don’t know what will happen when you start something new. Maybe you’ll fail! And that fear of failure is scary.
But we all know we can’t let that feeling stop us. Here’s a strategy for conquering your fear.