It’s a ghoulish and frightful episode as we tackle FEAR – the hidden terror that stops all entrepreneurs in our tracks! Running your own business IS scary. Some days there are treats and sometimes it’s all tricks as you work toward making your career goals a reality. It’s the fight, flight, or freeze episode this Halloween as we explore the F WORD. And stick around after the credits for some sweet VOBoss outtakes.
Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:
Most business owners experience fear very regularly. They jut might not admit it.
Fearful thoughts can easily become a runaway train of negativity and negative thinking.
Fear can be a motivator for some people and a way to tackle the emotion head-on.
Fear can also cause us to be frozen and unable to make a move.
Self-employed people always live with the fear of failure in the back of the minds.
Fear can be a helpful, healthy emotion.
Panic and fear are not the same things.
Get to the bottom of your actual fear. What’s on the surface is probably irrational.
Emotions & logic probably need to be separated to help you see the issue clearly.
Talk about fear with other business owners. Take the power away from the fear.
A little fear will not kill you! However, don’t bottle up your fear.
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Anne: Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my beautiful but sometimes scary [laughs] cohost, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.
Gabby: Hi! [laughs]
Anne: Wait, do you want me to do that again?
Gabby: I’ll take scary, no, I like it.
Anne: Well you know, it is the season, Gabby.
Gabby: I know.
Gabby: We should talk about, right, the big elephant in the room.
Anne: Ohhh yeah.
Gabby: The F word.
Anne: Oh ho, the F word. Gabby, which F word are you talking about?
Gabby: Everybody knows that my vocabulary is frequently peppered, but —
Anne: [laughs] With an F word.
Gabby: But this F word is a specific one I think is so taboo for entrepreneurs, it is perfect discussion for our Halloween episode.
Anne: Ohh yes.
Anne: Every day I experience some of that. I don’t know about you, Gabby, but —
Gabby: Yeah, like Halloween is every day when you are running your own business. There’s no —
Anne: [laughs] Halloween is every day. Yeah. You know, fear is just like, it’s a part of my being, running my own business. And I think so many people are — run! — makes sense, run from the fear and just try to stay away from fear, so therefore it prohibits them, I think, from becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Gabby: It does. And it, and it’s funny. One of the acronyms for fear that gets used a lot in business is Forget Everything And Run.
Anne: There you go. [laughs]
Gabby: So it’s so, so poignant. There’s, there’s another acronym that I think is, is also one that people may be familiar with, right, False Evidence Appearing Real.
Anne: Real, yeah.
Gabby: That’s a biggie.
Anne: I’ll tell you what, Gabby, I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be honest and up front right away, and I am going to just say, I experience fear — like I do, every day and, on varying levels, but there are some times that I just literally in my head, I am like, “oh…my…God, what am I doing? And it — will this work out, and what am I going to do?” Even now after all these years, I have put a lot of things in place so that I can, you know, work voiceover as my full-time gig, and put things into place so that I have, you know, income coming in, and I don’t have to worry about that. But there are some days when I am like, “what am I even doing?” And I am not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So Gabby, what — does that happen to you?
Gabby: It does, but I’ll tell you what’s interesting for me. Fear in, in my life has always been a really big motivator.
Anne: Mm, yeah, well.
Gabby: When I’m fearful, I bust my ass.
Gabby: Because that’s the only way I know to overcome it. That’s the only way I know to beat that monster. Instead of running away from it or you know putting my head under the covers, no, I, I go right at it. And I’m like, “OK, we’re going to tackle this beast.”
Anne: Well, you know, I think it’s important, Gabby, that you acknowledge it. If you try to deny it to a certain point, you’re not giving yourself umm the benefit to grow from that. Just as you said, that you use it as an opportunity to motivate and move you forward. I definitely am just going to say, as I mentioned to you, I was up front. I acknowledge that emotion, and then I burrow my head deeper into my work, and just try to move forward. And if moving forward in the one direction is not working, which is usually what’s causing the fear, right, I sit there, and I brainstorm, and try to figure out another way that could work, and head that way. And ultimately that just becomes what I’m doing on a daily basis, trying to shift gears into something that is going to be working for me, because what isn’t working is what causes fear.
Gabby: So what you are describing is the process of turning fear into fuel.
Anne: Yeah, I think so. I think so.
Gabby: And not letting it make you freeze up, because that happens to a lot of people. Fear paralyzes, and it becomes in business one of the worst things that you can do, which is stagnation.
Gabby: Just doing nothing, because “I’m afraid.”
Anne: And trying to keep the status quo and then just, and then just giving up. I think fear causes a lot of people to just give up, especially in, in creative endeavors, in creative industries where sometimes so unpredictable. And that’s where I think we may experience fear more than somebody working for somebody else in, in a corporate job. I’m not saying that they don’t experience fear, but for us, I think there’s an added level because there’s such unpredictability about this industry, and where’s that next job coming from? And that’s what I think is so scary for people.
Gabby: The idea of