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Fear Is The Enemy

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . . You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

—Eleanor Roosevelt

There is one final roadblock that for many people is the most significant barrier to pursuing an entrepreneurial venture: fear. But you can’t let fear run your life.

The idea that fear prevents many of us from pursuing our entrepreneurial dreams is not new. Most of us are familiar with Dale Carnegie as the sales guru who authored the classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People. What most of us don’t know is that in 1944, Carnegie wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, which has sold over six million copies. A central theme of the book, still relevant today, is “how to break the worry habit,” which keeps people from realizing their goals.

I sought approaches to overcoming this obstacle. My research led me to several very different perspectives, each valid. Take what you need here to overcome your fear and start up the go-it-alone business that matches your aspirations.


One of these perspectives comes from Dr. Kathleen Hall, the author of Alter Your Life. Dr. Hall is a renaissance woman: A

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