Entrepreneurs have their own ways of pushing forward, but a new study finds that a steely will changes over time--in ways that are different for men and women. Four founders at different stages of their careers tell us how they have tackled fear.
Fear of failure among people exploring entrepreneurship:
"Life up until now has been very predictable. But a lack of control can become your norm. If you love your idea and you believe in it, it becomes the norm you thrive on."
--Sarika Doshi, 34, Cofounder, Rank & Style
"My wife is eight months pregnant. I am in the middle of closing a second seed round. You must make daily progress, no matter how minor. At night, I recommend Xanax."
--Jeff Koyen, 44, Founder, Assignmint
"Fear comes when you look at the past or launch yourself out into the future--dealing with your memories or your fantasies. I'd rather deal with the present."
--John Daly, 57, Cofounder, Contract Room
[Illustration by Ward Sutton]