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Fear of failure and failure to launch

I absolutely love reading about entrepreneurs and listening to various podcasts that are based on entrepreneurs.  Despite this, I’ve NEVER stepped out on my own project.  I should rephrase that and say that I have started projects, but I’ve never launched anything.

I’ve thought a lot about why I’ve never launched anything and there’s three reason’s, perhaps,  that I come up with.  The first is that I usually get distracted with another ‘great idea’ and the first gets put on hold because the second sounds more promising or whatever you want to call it.  The second reason is that I fear failing.  I fear launching something and having it utterly fall flat on it’s face.  No one using it.  I’m not really sure why this is.  It’s not like none of these entrepreneurs I follow and listen to say you’ll hit a home run every time you launch something. As a matter of fact most say that you’ll be failing a lot before you get something that sticks.  Thirdly and this is just an excuse more than anything.  Most of my ideas revolve around the web.  While I can put some things together on a design I’m not a designer.  I don’t know what colors look well together or how to put together a site that works for the users.

So I find myself at times getting jealous of these entrepreneurs at times.  And at times it really gets me down.  I work myself out of these funks and tell myself that it’s okay to work the 9 to 5 job.  But then it repeats itself.  So why do I continue to follow these guys and put myself through this?  I’m not sure.  Part of it, I think, is the fact that my parents were their own bosses and I think there’s something ‘genetically’ in my blood that keeps me looking at this stuff.  And I suppose, part of it is the idea of (a) possibly making it big or (b) working where I want to!

I still toss around ideas almost every day, but usually never act on them.  I feel like there is something out there for me, it’s just a matter of finding it.  Perhaps it’s doing something with the web or perhaps it’s some sort of writing.  I don’t know, but I keep searching for it.

And if you’ve read this far your probably wondering where these personal thoughts came from.  They came from post one and two from John Saddington.  Take a few minutes to read them if your interested in entrepreneurship.