Small business owners shouldn’t fear failure
Failing can bring you closer to success when you learn to embrace it. No business achieved real success without failing first. Embracing failure can be difficult, but it can also be empowering. What is it that is causing you fear? Is it real or imagined? Sometimes we create our own “monster in the closet.” What’s the worst-case scenario if you fail? Failure forces you to face your errors, shortcomings and fears, which are required for growth.
Make no mistake, if your business is going to be a success, you will certainly face some failures along the way. If and when you do fail, could you start again? What could you do differently? Take precautionary measures and limit your liability to help mitigate losses. Consider the following:
- Analyze your previous mistakes: Be clear about what works and what doesn’t work. Know what went wrong and why and correct it. The worst thing you could do is to make the same mistake twice. Also, learn to use your weaknesses as strengths.
- Ask for help before you need it: No business owner is an island. Use your sphere of influence, advisory board, mentors, coach, colleagues, associates, etc. (or micro business therapist) to help you determine your best plan of action, identify gaps and address needs. If you go it alone, you will certainly increase the odds of you missing something important or relevant.
- Proper planning prevents poor performance: Never proceed without a plan. Give careful thought to goal setting, campaigns, communications, organization, etc. Do your homework and research. Due diligence will reveal the pros and cons of any venture or concept. Always proceed with both eyes open to the possibilities and opportunities.
There are valuable lessons in failure. When you acknowledge that failure is possible and identify the source of your fear, you can work through it. If you learn from your failures and mistakes, you empower yourself with wisdom, confidence and the courage to face your next one.
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A.Michelle Blakeley is in the listening business. As a Micro Business Therapist, she provides an open-minded and non-judgmental ear to listen to the real issues and concerns that start-up, emerging and women entrepreneurs experience and negotiate solutions through comprehensive discussions and practical micro business plans. She is featured in Forbes.com and the Financial Post as one of 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter, contributor for the San Francisco Examiner and Fearless Woman Magazine; the host of Simple Truths for Women Entrepreneurs on BlogTalkRadio.com and author of the NEW e-book: “Get it Right and Move Along… a collection of practical tips, tools and techniques for small business owners.”