How fear helps (and hurts) entrepreneurs

Despite the high potential for failure, you don't have to be fearless to be an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs experience the same fear of failure as anyone else. The crucial factor that determines whether they continue with their venture is the source of their fear. While some sources of fear may create obstacles others can fuel your drive to succeed, say researchers James Hayton and Gabriella Cacciotti. Here, they identify seven sources of fear and how they can either help or hinder your succ...
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How to deal with failure and pick yourself back up

To be successful you need to be able to take risks and accept the possibility of failure. It's almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure yet some people are so afraid of failing it prevents them moving forward. If you allow the fear of failure to stop you taking any chances in life, you'll miss some great opportunities along the way. Here, Dylan Buckley explores the importance of embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and grow—with some top tips on how ...
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7 brave steps to become fearless

Fear is a powerful emotion and although it serves to keep us safe, it can also stop us achieving the things we want the most. Humans evolved to be fearful. It's what helped keep our ancestors alive and continues making us alert to the presence of danger. Yet our vulnerability to feeling threatened can persist in situations that are far from life-or-death. And left unchecked, fear can sabotage our success, damage our relationships and even lead to depression. When "fueled...
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How to overcome the fear of telling your story


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This ancient habit will maximize your focus

The world around you has evolved much quicker than your brain has. Life's no longer about constantly having to avoid being eaten by predators or other immediate threats to your survival. Yet even in the absence of any real danger, your nervous system still triggers the acute stress response—commonly known as the fight-or-flight response—when you have a presentation, job interview, exam, or uncomfortable social situation to contend with. Being constantly fearful, worried and stressed diminishes y...
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Try this simple trick to beat your public speaking anxiety

 While public speaking may be your number one fear, being able to give compelling speeches or presentations may also be crucial for your business or career success. Even if your career doesn't involve giving presentations, there may be occasions when you're called on to give a speech. Although there are lots of tips, tricks and tactics for mitigating anxiety, you'll see why they aren't always helpful—and can even be counterproductive—when you understand what's really making you anxious abou...
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Success is scarier than failure


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10 inspiring TED talks that will help you overcome your fears

For many people, fear is the biggest obstacle to achieving happiness and success. And when you examine more closely other obstacles that are holding you back—such as procrastination or perfectionism—you may recognize some form of fear as the underlying cause of those too. We all experience fear differently and the first step towards achieving your goals is to recognize when your fears are preventing you from achieving your full potential. Then you can learn how to overcome them. To help you...
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8 TED talks to help you overcome your fear of failure

  Fear is a powerful human emotion and when your fear of failure represents a strong psychological threat, your motivation to avoid that fear is stronger than your motivation to succeed. Successful people see failure as a temporary setback. They embrace it as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than allowing it to get in the way of achieving their goals. If you're struggling to overcome your fear of failure, these TED talks may help you put your fear into perspective and stop it holding...
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Face the fear

Ask people what's the opposite of love and most will respond 'hate', but to me it's fear. Fear leads to all manner of negative emotions, including hate. If love is a driving force for good in our lives then fear is a driving force for things that are not good, like not doing something that could change your life because you're fearful, and then living to regret it. As entrepreneurs we tend to love what we do and therefore we're more afraid of what would happen if we didn't pursue our entrepreneu...
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