#MyHustle: 5 Ways self-doubt keeps you from business opportunities

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Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long, you miss them – William Arthur Ward

One of the biggest downfalls of youth is the lack of wisdom where youngsters we are incapable of identifying opportunities. We often complain and whine about the type of opportunity, our disadvantaged family backgrounds and the size of our pockets.

So, if you are like me, who will often dismiss opportunities or miss out on them by saying “Maybe if I had an investor, or maybe if I had the time” this is for you. See I realized that employers out there probably know how good you are, but if you are not willing to prove yourself in line with your resume, how will they justify all those amazing abilities that you included in that resume? Here are a few pointers before you ever say No to an opportunity:

1. What is the worst that could happen?
Yes, move past the debilitating thoughts that feel you with self-doubt incapable of taking advantage of an opportunity. Reflecting on what is the worst that could happen, we could get shocked by the answers that we come up with. Ninety percent of the time, we realize after listing down all those fears and comparing them with what we have been able to accomplish, we realize that fear is just but a crutch holding us back from greatness. So you tell me, what’s better? Not knowing what will happen or take a risk and being proud that you took the risk whatever the outcome?

2. Consider how you could mitigate the risks
List down the risks that you might face, “What if people laugh at me? What if my idea is a complete fail? What if I lose so much money with this startup and can’t recover ?”

It is very normal to think of the worst especially if you are trying to jump into a new venture, however, it is far more important to focus on the good that could come of the potential risks. Having a mentor can help you navigate you as you explore the risks and jump into a new venture.

3. Analyse the benefits
We fear that the opportunity may be too good to be true, and subconsciously disqualify ourselves from the position because we feel unworthy of the opportunity. It happens a lot to many people I speak to in regards to whether they want to make a career move, and most of the answers come out of fear of stepping out of the comfort zone. But what if you step out and find out that you might earn double your current salary versus your present salary?

4. Make a decision
It sounds easy but takes a step, it doesn’t have to be immediate, think through the decision thoroughly and weigh the pros and cons. If the pros outweigh the cons, take a chance and trust in your gut as you make your decision.  The only way you will know if it will work or not is if you try. Do not be afraid to fail, as it only makes you better offering you to learn more. Embrace the teachable moments and implement what you learn.

5. Stay focused
Make a game plan of how you will make that opportunity work for you. A game plan helps you to stay on track and avoid unnecessary distractions out of the way. When faced with obstacles, channel inner self-confidence to ensure you implement your idea. No one said that just because you said yes, it was going to be easy. Stop putting yourself down and explore new things! The world is your oyster, you choose the seasoning!

So try at that dream job that has been presented to you or set up that business idea that you have been planning to start but for some reason have put off.

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