I recently read an article in which someone asked Richard Branson how he overcomes feelings of inferiority when faced with someone else's credentials. You see, Richard Branson has dyslexia. In fact, he never completed secondary school. His response was classic.
""It’s a shame that people shut down ideas because they’re worried about being crushed by people who are supposedly better educated than them. This is all about fear of failure. In my opinion, entrepreneurial drive beats a fancy degree anytime... Following my passion gave me drive and purpose. My mind opened up and so my world." - Richard Branson.
What Richard Branson DOES have, is the passion that drove him to succeed against the odds. I believe in it. One of the very first things I measure when I meet a budding entrepreneur or one that's struggling is their passion for their idea. Whether we succeed together depends on it.
I admit I'm afraid of failing too, but I believe it's a beautiful thing. That, coupled with my passion for what I do, drives me harder toward my purpose and goals. It doesn't have to cripple you! You can take that energy and put it in a place that propels you forward. Admitting you have it takes a bite out of the power it has to hold you back. What you choose to do with it afterward will determine your success.
Ronnie Roll has started several businesses from the "I Have An Idea" stage to grand openings and beyond. Her passion is helping others achieve their dreams, and her art mediums are business modeling and food.