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Fear in the Face of Independence

As entrepreneurs, we are constantly in search of way to make our hopes and dreams come true. Throughout this entrepreneurial journey, there are two very common struggles and elements that must be balanced. Those elements are: independence and fear.

As a verb, the term fear is defined by as, “to be afraid (to do something) or of (a person or thing); dread”.  Conversely, the term independence is defined by the same source as, “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.”

As an entrepreneur, it is very common to be fearful and doubtful of the journey to where you want to be professionally. There are always people in your ear that will try to keep your fear alive and make you feel as though you cannot reach your goals and are not good enough. They will make you feel as if your dreams are “too big” or silly or unreasonable. How dare you embark on a journey where you are self-made and paid?  How dare you, as a woman of color, be independent?!

I know it is cliché and is definitely easier said than done, but feeding off of the negative energy of others and turning them into motivators is the best way to stay focused on your goals. From personal experience, I can attest to having felt as though my goals were “unrealistic” or “delusional” because of the negative energy I have had around me.  However, I those same negative forces helped to kick me in gear and keep my eyes on my proverbial “prize”— true entrepreneurship.

It is important to recognize that fear is common and fear is also healthy. It is also important to know that it cannot be the driving force to deter you from your goals and dreams. You must trust in your journey and yourself. You matter and everything that comprises you of that you-ness also matters and matters equally.

There are many support groups that provide tips, advice, feedback, and even networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Here are 10 self improvement websites for women entrepreneurs and below you’ll find a national resource available in your state.

Women Business Centers (WBC) – WBC “represents a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.”

In all things, be sure to remain encouraged, focused, and determined in your journey of financial independence. There will be fear-worthy obstacles but it is important to not let the fear override your desires of accomplishing your goals and dreams.

Mallori is a brand strategist and business and financial consultant, writer, and entrepreneur. When she’s not out strengthening her connections in Chicago and Atlanta, she can be found on her blog, where she talks business, social issues, travel, her favorite books, women’s issues, and educating on domestic violence and rape culture as it pertains to the black diaspora. She loves talking all things business development and financial education so if you need to chat on your small business or personal goals, meet her over on as well!

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