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Small Biz Tip: Fighting Fear of Failure
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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” Thomas Edison once said.  Most entrepreneurs are saddled (or blessed, depending on your point of view) with an affinity for risk-taking. But no matter how comfortable with risk you are, some fear of failure most likely still creeps into your daily life while you’re running and growing your business. Entrepreneur and inspirational marketer Seth Godin advises us to “indulge in our fears.” In other words, seek out what you fear; do it and survive it. Then you can move forward. More tips for fighting fear of failure? Make it a calculated risk (do your homework!). Start small and build gradually as you get comfortable. Show employees it’s OK to fail—after all, without failure, there’d be no innovation. Finally, learn from your mistakes. After all, “fail fast, early and often” is the mantra of Silicon Valley startups for good reason.

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Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at, follow her on Google+ and, and visit her website,, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.
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