How You Can Confront The Beliefs Limiting You From Starting a Business

This is a guest post from Martin of Studenomics, where he helps you figure out how to start a business with no money down, and how you can buy an investment property as a young investor.

According to Pamela Slim in Escape From Cubicle Nation there are a few beliefs that are holding us back when it comes to breaking free from the corporate world and creating our own projects.  Are you being held back?  Are you holding yourself back?  If you want to work for yourself in the near future, you need to keep on reading.

I wanted to get into my favorite topic of starting a side business.  Today I’m going to go in a different direction.  I wanted to focus on the self-motivation that is so damn needed when it comes to starting your own business and taking that leap into the unknown.  If you don’t keep yourself motivated then you can easily fall behind.


What’s likely holding you back from starting your own side business?

What are three self-limiting beliefs that you’re going to face when trying to work for yourself?


Imposter syndrome.

We don’t want to feel like an imposter.  When trying an entrepreneurial project for the first time our natural reaction is going to be a feeling of “faking it” just because this is all so new to us.  When trying to leave our corporate job we’re going to feel like a wanna-be of sorts.  Calling yourself an “entrepreneur” or a “small business owner” is going to take some time to get used to.  You’re going to feel like you don’t belong at first. This is just like when you first break out of your social bubble and get a girls phone number for the first time. 

You need to crush that thinking right now and realize that you’re not an imposter.  You’re a hard working person that wants to make money on their own. You want to help others solve important problems.  You want to make changes that can’t be made from your cubicle.  You don’t have to consider yourself an entrepreneur if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.


I’m not worthy thoughts.

You’re not going to feel worthy of working for yourself and worthy of taking money from others.  This is a natural reaction that you’re bound to face if you want to finally leave your crappy job.  If it was so easy to leave a job that we hate, then more of us would be doing it.  For some reason we don’t feel worthy of venturing off on our own.

The truth is that you don’t deserve anything.  What you get out of life is what you put in.  If you’re not afraid of putting in the work and taking the risk of drowning in sweat, then you deserve the rewards that come your way.  Your attitude will always determine your altitude.


Sleazy, hype-filled sales guy concerns.

None of us want to be that sleazy sales guy.  There’s a negative connotation that unfortunately follows those in sales.  We have this feeling that selling stuff is either embarrassing or sleazy.  We worry about trying to rip people people.

You’re not a sleazy sales clown if you’re actually solving problems and helping people.  Sleazy is when you try to rip people off.  If you’re solving a legit problem and doing the best job possible, then there’s absolutely nothing to feel bad about.  I always offer some sort of a money back guarantee to show that I’m serious about my products.


What’s holding you back from starting your own side business in your 20s?  You want to know the answer?  It’s you.  I have the same amount of time in a day that Mark Zuckerberg has.  Yet I still haven’t started the next Facebook.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day and the same ability to get real work done. What are you waiting for?