How to get over self-doubt when starting your own business: Advice from top entrepreneurs

imagesBy Stephanie Reyes,  Intern,
Flex Office Space
June 20, 2016

But do I have the time?
It’s probably too much money.
Where do I even start?
How can I become successful with my small business?
Can I live off of this?
Will this work?

All these questions have gone through the minds of successful business women and men.  All entrepreneurs have faced some type of trepidation when facing a new and challenging environment.

How do you get over this feeling?

By picking yourself up and dusting yourself off and persevering.  Also, by getting a little help from the top business men and women of the century. Here’s some of their advice and stories (you may even be holding their inventions in your hand).

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, with their ideas, have taken the tech game to a whole new level. Internationally and nationally, they started small and grew a Company called Apple into a billion dollar empire.

“Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.”  – Steve Wozniak

Rosalia Mera, one of the richest self-made women in Spain and a middle school dropout, founded Zara and Inditex, a tech and medicine company that develops cancer treatments and machines that help identify baby fingerprints. The term rags-to-riches literally applies: From seamstress to multimillion dollar co-founder of Zara. It goes to prove that any type of skill can lead to success.

Ready to face the sorting hat (as in the truth), you may come across rejection (yes I said it), or people telling you it’s time to face the truth. But, J.K. Rowling faced 12 rejection letters for a fictional series about a young boy named Harry Potter. Her books were adapted onto the big screen, and her franchise  led to the creation of an amusement park based upon her books.

“I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

IKEA, a highly successful Swedish furniture company, was founded by Ingvar Kamprad who came from a family of farmers. His idea for the company started on the kitchen table of his uncle’s home. He would use local manufactures to sell affordable, modern furniture to the people. IKEA quickly grew internationally with chain stories in many countries.

“If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the IKEA employees.” – Ingvar Kamprad

Your favorite, comfortable undergarments (ladies, maybe men), are made by Spanx. Spanx founder, Sara Lively, started by filling a need she had.  When she couldn’t find the right look for her outfit, she cut her pantyhose to suit her body. That one act led to her million-dollar invention of Spanx, which now manufactures all type of women’s undergarments.

“I’d get kicked out of buildings all day long; people would rip up my business card in my face. It’s a humbling business to be in. But I knew I could sell and I knew I wanted to sell something I had created. I cut the feet out of those pantyhose and I knew I was on to something. This was it.” – Sara Lively

All successful businesses started somewhere, whether at a kitchen table or staring into the face of rejection. Every small business turned successful, faced these issues, and they got over it. Anyone can make it big–you just have to try hard enough and keep pushing you’re ideas.


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