In my experience, this is the first—and perhaps the biggest—block for people. The fear of failure has been the hardest obstacle for me to overcome, so I am completely in touch with what a nightmare fear can bring. Too often, we allow fear to kill our desire to pursue our ideas.
I was recently talking to my neighbor, who, like me, had taken and passed the real estate test. However, after she passed the test, she never pursued a career in real estate. When I asked her why she had never used her real estate license, she admitted that she had convinced herself it was going to be too hard and that there would be too much competition in the industry. I looked at her incredulously. Passing her test was a huge accomplishment! After all her dedicated time of studying, and after she had successfully attained her real estate license, her own mind stopped her from even attempting a professional real estate career.
I empathize with her because I have done exactly the same type of self-sabotage several times in other areas of my life. My heart hurt as I listened to her story. I don’t want you to do that to yourself! Your idea is more valuable than you think, so please don’t sweep it under the rug before it even gets some sunshine.
When I look back at the very first house I ever flipped, I see a scared little girl. I was scared to call the seller of the house back when he responded to my advertising postcards. Then I was scared that the price I offered him for the property might have been too high. Then, once I got the house under contract, I was scared I would not find a buyer. I was scared throughout the entire process.
So I totally understand when I see others who are scared, too. I see people confused, scared, and just downright overwhelmed as to where to start.
But guess what? I ended up selling that house in one day, and my fee was $13,750. Turns out that I was scared for nothing.
I’m no millionaire, but I am an active real estate investor taking risks and sharing tips. Don’t let fear win. There are too many people in the world who have had an idea they were obsessed with but didn’t do anything with it because they were scared of failure. Don’t allow the worry of failing publicly to stop you. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through my experiences, it is that people will look up to you for trying—for taking a risk and working hard. We have to celebrate the little victories as well to encourage ourselves along the way to our destination.