No matter what stage you’re at in your entrepreneurial career, having some doubts could prove to be useful. Doubts can keep you humble, honest, prepared for challenges, and can keep you on your toes. However, it’s everything in moderation. Some doubts can drag you down, turn your mindset negative, and impact not just you, but the people who work for you. It’s vital that you avoid these doubts at all cost.
Pick and choose your battles when it comes to the doubts that you’re seriously mulling over. Allowing yourself to become your own worst enemy could cause your business to flounder. Here are some of the top doubts you should be avoiding.
Failure is Guaranteed
All entrepreneurs make mistakes at one point or another, and that’s okay because that’s how you’re going to learn. However, if you believe that no matter what you do, you’re ultimately going to fail, you could send yourself down a slippery slope that you won’t be able to climb up again.
Failure is possible, and no entrepreneur in the world is going to tell you otherwise, but you can’t set yourself up for failure by believing that you’re going to. Positivity is critical, and so is action. If you genuinely think that your business is going to fail and there is evidence to support the claim, get up and do something about it.
You’re Not an Entrepreneur
Unlike many other things, being an entrepreneur doesn’t require extensive education or experience. It doesn’t even have an age limit or a gender profile. That’s one of the most amazing things about being an entrepreneur. All you need is a decent idea, some motivation, and a touch of business sense and you’re good to go. However, you might think otherwise.
Believing that you’re not an entrepreneur can come from anywhere. You could read an article that talks about a famous business person who owes their success to their ivy league education, or it could come from a family member or friend who has made an off-handed comment. Regardless of where it came from, the doubt needs to get squashed. The only thing that can keep you from being an entrepreneur is yourself.
You Can’t Lead
Once you have gotten your business off of the ground, it might be time for you to expand and this could include hiring additional employees. Regardless of your personality, you might feel like being a leader isn’t who you are. That doubt could cause you trouble because leading a group of people and setting an example is a huge responsibility.
You don’t have to be a natural born leader to be a great one. There are courses, articles, seminars, and many other outlets that teach you how to be the best leader that you can be. The only thing that’s going to stop you is yourself. Once you’ve made all of the efforts to be a good leader, and you still find that it’s not for you, then you can consider hiring someone that you trust to take on the role in your business.
You Can’t Sell
Being a salesperson isn’t always an easy job, and when you’re an entrepreneur, most times you are going to have to sell your products until your business is substantial enough to hire on additional sales representatives. If you have any doubt in your abilities as a salesperson, it is going to shine through. More often than not, it’s not about the product, but it’s about how you sell it, your confidence, and your passion for what you’re selling.
Just like being a leader, you can learn how to be a salesperson. Some seminars and courses that can teach you the skills that you need to know. Early customers and investors could make or break your business. Ensure that you have confidence in yourself, so they have confidence in your business.
Negativity is going to come at you in full-circle when you’re an entrepreneur, and adding your self-doubt to the mix is detrimental and unneeded. Spend your time focusing on the positive, and working towards building your strength in areas that you know need work. Not all doubts are bad. Some can cause you to think twice about your decisions, but you want to make sure that you’re entertaining healthy doubts and not ones that can cripple your business.
Have you ever had a doubt as an entrepreneur? What did you do to overcome it?