Fear of failing

It’s better to try and fail than to fail to try.

I read an article recently comparing entrepreneurs in Europe and the U.S. The biggest obstacle to starting ones own business in Europe, according to the author, is not a lack of desire but a more inherent cultural aspect: fear. I would go one step further and say many communities in the U.S. have taught that failing is not acceptable. It is awfully tough to encourage entrepreneurship in environments where failing is viewed as catastrophic and humiliating.

The author of the article referred to the tendency here in the US of entrepreneurs seeking only the end results, not the means of getting there. Another sign of fear of failure.

It’s the same for everything we do in life. For example, when a student says “just tell me what I need to do to get an A in the class”, I already know the process doesn’t matter.

While you most certainly start a business with a big goal in mind, the true value of the entrepreneurial experience comes from what you do every day to achieve that goal. If you love the process and learn from it, then achieving the goal itself almost becomes secondary.


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