1. Dive in.
When starting something new, we tend to be more cautious and analytical, which can lead to us over-thinking every detail in our quest for perfection. As an entrepreneur, you have to accept that the timing is never going to be perfect — there is always going to be more research and testing to do, more edits, etc. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and dive in.
2. Get out of your comfort zone.
The fear of failure can have a debilitating effect on an entrepreneur or on any business leader. The best way to combat that fear is to force yourself out of your comfort zone.
3. Learn to be a good listener.
It might sound cliché, but learning to listen to your clients, employees, mentors and/or investors is crucial to the success of any startup or small business. It also takes patience and lots of practice.
4. Find a mentor (or two).
Starting a business is full of stressful decisions and challenging obstacles. A mentor can provide perspective, offer advice from the trenches and help you keep your ego in check. The beauty of the mentor/mentee relationship is that you don’t have to be exclusive — in fact, I would encourage the opposite.
I have a few different mentors (a mix of men and women) — each with different backgrounds and expertise — who I lean on depending on the situation. Local networking or business-practice groups are also a great resource that every entrepreneur — male or female — should utilize.
Identify your fears, find what works for you and then dive in.
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