We entrepreneurs keep a lot of things bottled up inside. We tend to want people to think that we're on top of our business and everything is going exactly as planned.

The truth is, we often have very rational concerns about what we're doing and how we're doing it. Unfortunately, we often keep our fears hidden because we're worried about what how they may be perceived.

Having moderated the stories and questions on StartupsAnonymous.com. for nearly a year now, I can tell you that no entrepreneur is alone. Whether you talk about it openly or not, most entrepreneurs have a very healthy fear of failure and discontent.

To illustrate my point, the following are they fears that follow me around every day and I never say to anyone ...

  • I'm not getting any younger. Will I look back 10 years from now, and regret what I'm doing today?
  • Have I missed my window on success?
  • Will I ever get to see my vision followed through completely?
  • Am I good enough at what I do? Everyone seems smarter than me.
  • Will my product work like I hope it will?
  • Will I be broke forever?
  • Will I ever be able to raise money again?
  • Will I always be jealous of other people's ideas, businesses and successes?
  • Will I have to work for someone else?
  • Can people tell that I'm full of sh*t at times?
  • If investors are investing in me, when they say "no", does that mean I'm not good enough?
  • Are others working harder than me?
  • Am I even doing the right things?
  • Does any of this even matter?
  • Will I ever satisfy my hunger, or is it just an endless road?
  • Do I have what it takes, whatever that is?
  • Will I ever lose the chance to be an entrepreneur?

What are your secret fears?

Published on: Jan 17, 2015
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