If you think about it, becoming an entrepreneur is an insane notion. The odds that you’ll succeed are very minimal, and your chance of failure is close to 100%. I know what you may be thinking, “Boy, this is so uplifting! I can’t wait to read more.”
Let’s be real. We’ve all heard things like this, and you’re probably rolling your eyes thinking the next sentence will be all about how you’re supposed to be fearless and that God will take away all your fears and bless all your business endeavors if you simply just pray.
I mean that seems right, right?
Fear is a vital part of our journey as hustlers and as Christians, and God uses these feelings to shape who we are destined to become. We all face the paralyzing fear of rejection, criticism, lack of resources, of never being enough. Fear will always be a part of our lives because it’s a result of the fall of man. All those things we work so hard to gain–our family, our education, our hustle– could be taken away from us in an instant… and that’s paralyzing.
There are millions of people all around the world who live with this fear. Many experienced failure and hardship in their early entrepreneurial days, and because of the adversity they faced then, they may not being living up to their full potential today due to the seemingly rational fear of failure.They play it safe. They don’t want to pursue their dreams of becoming a photographer, or author, or musician because in our skeptical world, deciding to continue your hustle can be one of the scariest choices you could ever make.
It doesn’t have to be though.
There is this widely accepted myth that suggests that successful people don’t fear. They just magically touch whatever they are producing, and it becomes a success. The truth is that people like Steve Jobs, Casey Niestat, Mark Cuban and anyone else that has some success, fail all the time. These people don’t let fear stop them. They embrace their fear and aren’t defined by their fear.
Pursuing your hustle shouldn’t be about fame or dedicating your entire mind, body, and soul to your craft. Pursuing your hustle is living a life led by curiosity instead of fear. The best thing for us to do with our fears is to simply get comfortable with them.
What Does Scripture Say About Fear?
"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
There are so many scriptures about fear because fear is one of the easiest tactics for the enemy to conquer what God has called us to. When we let fear define us we develop a taste for aversion. We avoid that cold and bitter feeling of failure as much as possible. We become consistent with inconsistency because if we know we’re going to fail, why even try? We are aware deep down of what we have to overcome. If we aren’t careful with fear, the shame, guilt, or lack of discipline will dig our own grave.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
- Nelson Mandela
What Does Scripture Say About Overcoming Fear?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My prayer is that we take Mark 9:24 and offer up this prayer in our most fearful moments. “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
“Courage is only the accumulation of small steps.”
- George Konrad
Our hustle coexists with our fears. Let’s put it into an analogy: You’re driving down the road in your car. You’re the one behind the wheel, in control. Your fears are more than welcome to come along for the ride. They can give suggestions on which way to take, but your fears shouldn’t grab the wheel and send you on a detour. Your fear is nothing more than a passenger in your vehicle while you blast “Jesus Take The Wheel” on the radio.
How NOT to let fear define you:
- Interrogate your fear
- Ask yourself what’s scary about the situation. Why are you feeling this way? Is your fear based on past failures? What does your fear feed on? What are you doing to grow your fear?
- Repurpose your fear
- Give your fear a voice. Tell someone that you trust and explain how you feel and what you’re terrified of becoming. Don’t do this alone.
- Move Past
- Break your fear down into bite-sized problems to solve. Pick one fear to tackle and ignore the rest. Rinse and repeat.
May you understand that God waits for you expectantly. He believes in you and your dreams. He’s the one who placed that desire in your heart. May you embrace your fear and not let it define you. Lastly, may you draw courage from the Lord and take that leap that you need to make.