3payroll or dealing with a personnel issue,and they feel like they don’t deserve tohave their own business. They think,
I’mnot the smart, successful business owner everything thinks I am
What if everyonefinds out that … I’m … a … fraud?
First of all, making a mistake here orthere, unless it involves breaking the law,doesn’t make any business owner a fraud.But when all eyes are on you and youcan’t perform, it’s easy to draw thecomparison. Further, your team expectsand wants you to
, but you can’t know it ALL. So, when theydiscover you aren’t omnipotent, it canreally smart. Believe me, I know. I’m asmall-business owner.But what business owners really feel isfear – fear that they can’t build a businessthat they love, filled with a team of peoplewhom they respect and whom earn thema fair return on their risk. This feardebilitates them, causing them to make aseries of other fear-related missteps intheir businesses.Here’s what you don’t realize: Running asuccessful business doesn’t require anMBA, or a PhD, or even fancy math. Itdoes require you to be honest with yourself, to get good constructivefeedback from your customers, yourteam, and some outside people whom you trust, and to commit yourself tomaking some changes that will feeluncomfortable. And most of all, it requiresthe
to do all these things.Confidence and fear are at the oppositeends of the spectrum. How do you gofrom being a fearful business owner tobecoming a confident business owner?I’m glad you asked! You’ve come to theright place for your answer.As you read along, you may find yourself identifying with some of the scenarios Iuse. You may be reading this as one of my past clients or as a business ownerwhom I’ve met once or twice, andwonder if I am talking about you or yourbusiness. I assure you that the dynamicsI refer to in this book are common tomany smaller, founder-led businesses.
“If it feels or sounds familiar,it’s because your problems arecommon. So if you find yourself nodding, and looking over yourshoulder, rest assured, you arein good company.”
by Brad Farris