Kim Staflund is the founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group
In my role as a book publisher and sales coach for authors, I’ve learned that the top fear of introverted entrepreneurs is fear itself. And it comes in the form of self-doubt.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve sat and had a coffee with who have sheepishly shrugged their shoulders and said, “It’s probably a stupid idea. Maybe I shouldn’t do it.” To which I always reply, “How long have you been thinking about this idea? When did it first come to you?”
For many of them, the answer is, “Several months.” For others, the answer is, “Several years.”
I always tell them the same thing: “An idea is a life form of its own that wishes to be expressed. It wants to be given life, and it has chosen you as the conduit for its life. That’s a gift. Accept this gift and use your natural talent to give it the expression and life it craves. The fact that you’ve been thinking about this idea for several months or years tells you that it’s not simply a fleeting thought. It’s a real living, breathing thing.” Trust it, whether you’re an author or entrepreneur with another type of business. The same holds true for us all.
As an entrepreneur starting my own book publishing business, and writing and selling my own books, I had my moments when I thought to myself, “Maybe this is a bad idea.” I’m just like you. What I did, in those moments, was seek out inspiration from other people who had succeeded before me, to help me push through that fear and self-doubt. I read books. I watched videos. I used whatever tools I could find to help myself move forward.
One of my most cherished sources of inspiration is a video of Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, Inc., speaking to a group at The Edge Connection in Atlanta, Georgia, about how she built her hosiery company from a mere $5,000 initial investment into a billion dollar empire in a short ten years. Very early in her presentation, she describes listening to a speaker at a convention who stated that he would prove to the room, in only four words, that there is no such thing as a bad idea: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! Sara herself eventually went on to prove to the many early doubters, in only two words, that there is no such thing as a bad idea: FOOTLESS PANTYHOSE!
I highly recommend this video of Sara Blakely to all entrepreneurs who doubt themselves and their current ideas. It is a beautiful example of what’s possible when one pushes past that number one fear and perseveres in the achievement of a goal—any goal.
About the Author
Kim Staflund is the founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) and author of the newly released Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors. She is also author of How to Publish a Bestselling Book…and Sell it Worldwide Based on Value, Not Price! released in 2014.
In addition to her book publishing background, Staflund has a substantial sales and sales management history that includes new business development, account and personnel management and leadership experience. Connect with Kim Staflund on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Kim’s books are available in both paperback and ebook format through choice booksellers all around the world. Booksellers can order them in via Ingram Content Group.
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