Fast Company

Four Entrepreneurs on Overcoming Fear

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:

JUST STARTING OUT

Male: 37.3%
Female: 28.3%

"We eased into it by going to Meetups, meeting people who had done it before. Being able to relate to someone made it a lot easier for us."
--Tanya Menendez, 25, Cofounder, Maker's Row

TEN YEARS IN

Male: 41.5%
Female: 36.4%

"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

RESPONSIBLE ADULT

Male: 28.6%
Female: 38.7%

"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

SEEN IT ALL

Male: 20.1%
Female: 28.2%

"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]

Add New Comment

0 Comments