This is a guest post by Derek Doepker.
The biggest killer of entrepreneurial endeavors isn’t just poorly designed products or services, bad marketing, or even naysayers. While all of these can derail an entrepreneur, most endeavors die before they even get started–and the killer is often self-doubt.
Have you ever thought, “Who’s going to listen to me? What if I go broke building this business? What if this is all a waste of time? I don’t know enough.” If so, welcome to being human. Having doubts is natural and, in moderation, actually healthy. The key to overcoming this doubt is to learn why it’s showing up and then transforming it into a force that actually propels you forward.
To do this, there are three specific processes that, when combined together, will make you even more unstoppable in your confidence, courage, and determination.
Process 1: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is the feeling a high-achiever gets when they don’t recognize their value and own their awesomeness.
In my case of starting my authorship journey, I questioned, “Who am I to write a book and why would anyone listen to me if so many others are talking about these things?”
What turned it around was looking at my own experience. I realized I wasn’t just buying the information contained in books, more so, I was buying the perspective. In other words, it wasn’t just about what an author said, but how they said it. I thought of all the authors, podcasters, and bloggers who had a style I resonated with even if they were sharing things others have talked about. I felt how it was their delivery, not their ideas, that made a connection and impact.
Even though I started to intellectually appreciate the idea that we all have a unique style and therefore I may have something unique to offer, I still needed to do one thing to internalize this feeling. It was to share with others the impact they made on me.
For instance, I reached out to a podcaster and shared something along the lines of “I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this topic, but it was your unique delivery and style that resonated with me. It’s not your credentials, but the way you put things that finally made it click for me.” Read more ›