The Fear of Success

I constantly say that I want to be successful and to make more money, but the moment that things start to change for the better, fear sets in. I have heard a lot about fear of success, but I didn’t know that it was a real thing, until I experienced it myself.


Fear of Success


I’m not talking about the butterflies that I get right before I take the stage. I’m talking about a real fear. Every time I book a client and collect payment, a flood of self-doubting thoughts race into my mind. I think Oh crap! This person believes in me and is expecting me to deliver something amazing. I would never put myself out there, if I didn’t think that I could do the work and do it well. But for some reason, I feel anxious.


I work tirelessly to be sure that my client has the best experience and gets the exact results he/she was expecting or better. I haven’t had an unhappy client, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling fearful in the beginning.


So what is the fear of success? Susanne Babbel, a phychologist, believes that the feeling of the excitement of success can be very similar to the same feeling of trauma, and most people confuse the feelings and end up feeling “phobic” about success. She suggests recalling exciting experiences and taking note of the feeling that arises. Then, she suggests recalling an overwhelming experience and taking note of the feelings that arise from that. (more…)

Scariest Entrepreneur

The Scariest Thing About Becoming An Entrepreneur

I saw a video of a guy who was blindfolded, and he had to complete a Fear Factor-like task by reaching into a glass container to touch something. The video was hilarious, because inside of the container was a teddy bear, but the guy was jumping around and screaming every time he touched it. The scariest part of his challenge was not knowing what the heck he was touching. How does this apply to new entrepreneurs?


Scariest Entrepreneur


Nowadays there are millions of people dreaming of being business owners, and while more and more people are transitioning into entrepreneurship, some can’t seem to get over the scariest hump associated with starting a business…The Unknown. Even though people are excited to finally take that leap from working for someone else to working for themselves, some never seem to get their business off of the ground, because they refuse to move in any direction for fear of not knowing what comes next.


On a recent sales call, my client shared with me that she was a little intimidated by the knowledge that she lacked as a new entrepreneur. She said that the scariest part was not knowing exactly what to do, and she was afraid to not get it right. This is a common feeling that most entrepreneurs experience when they are first starting out.  (more…)