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Terrified of Failure? 3 Steps To Help You Forge Ahead Fearlessly

Starting a new virtual assistant business or small home-based business is fraught with uncertainties.  All-consuming worries like, “what if I quit my job and I can’t make a living at this,” and “what will happen to my family” can usurp so much of the energy that you could be investing into your business, that failure almost becomes inevitable.

Andrew Brown, the “Small Business Guru,” brings us Dale Carnegie’s  3 steps for facing your worst fears head on so that you can move forward to achieve business success.  They are:

1)  What’s The Worst That Can Happen? Write down the absolute worst case scenario, and follow it through to the end.  Will you become homeless?  Will anybody die?  Mr. Brown says probably not, and that most of our fears are irrational, but until you get everything out on paper, all your worst fears will nag at you.

2)  Accept It - This is the most difficult concept.  You must accept the possibility of the worst case scenario, but realize that if it actually happened, your “family would still love you.”

3)  Draw Out The Steps To Prevent Your Worst Case Scenario – Start with the absolute worst case scenario, and work backwards.  Mr. Brown provides an example of this exercise:

- I won’t have to move in with my parents if I cancel HBO, sell my car, and pick up a night job tending bar to make ends meet.
- I won’t have to tend bar if I can find someone in my industry to hire me as a sales rep.
- I won’t have to go work for someone else if I can keep these 3 clients.
- I won’t lose any clients if I can make things right with Mr. Smith — maybe if I called Bob or Steve they might have some ideas on how to deal with this problem.

Mr. Brown’s article teaches us that if can articulate your fears, you can do something about them.  For more, visit his website at

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  2. By SpoiledAngel on Feb 20, 2009 | Reply

    Advice that definitely stands true even today. Those who are able to get in the habit of following this with all the little glitches in life will find it really helps to put things in to perspective a little more clearly.

  3. By jamesb on Feb 20, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the great post and advice. I have often been scared of failing in my online ventures and I think that I can learn a lot from this. We should not forget that if you never try to get somewhere then you simply won’t. It’s worth taking the risk.

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