I’m really thrilled to be diving into today’s topic in our Think Like a Boss series! The response to these posts has been filling me up — I love to see that what we share here helps other women, especially women who are working toward goals and milestones. Today we’re talking to our favorite online businesswomen about something that can be tough and uncomfortable: overcoming fear at work. I’d be lying if I said this question wasn’t a little for my own benefit; I’m working through a big project recently that scares me half to death. So I keep reading over these stories from these women to bolster my courage. Hopefully it does the same for you. So let’s ask them:
WHAT’S ONE SCARY OR DAUNTING PROJECT THAT YOU TACKLED + COMPLETED?
Joy Cho, Founder + Creative Director of Oh, Joy!
I launched my first online class last month! I knew if I was going to do an online class, I wanted it to be on a topic I was very passionate about. I knew it had to feel high quality, and I really wanted it to be a mix of great information but also that you felt like you were sitting down with me and getting really good business advice. We launched “How to Grow a Dream Team” in our Oh Joy! Academy and I am super proud of it. It’s everything a small business owner needs to know to grow a strong team for their business.
Amber Kemp-Gerstel, Founder of Damask Love + Finalist on NBC’s Making It Season 1
I am KNEE DEEP in a few different projects that I am full on terrified about. Terrified that they won’t pan out. Terrified that they won’t be successful. Terrified that I just don’t have the expertise needed to execute these projects effectively. To date, though – my most daunting project was hands down the filming and subsequent promotion of NBC’s Making It. I was a contestant on Season One of the show and it was easily one of the hardest AND most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Never in my life had I been challenged to make a bunch of handmade crafts on television…under time constraints…only to be judged for each and every one! YIKES. It was tough. Once the show aired, my challenge shifted to promoting the heck out of it so that people actually CARED about my involvement in the show. When it was all said and done, I had a new level of confidence about me – that if I could tackle a national, primetime crafting competition show – I can probably tackle most anything.
For me, just seeing that all of these accomplished, creative, intelligent women have the same fears and doubts that I’ve felt a million times is heartening. No one is immune. And the common thread in all of these accomplishments is that these women felt fear and walked right through it.
And what about you? Let’s clap it up for ourselves! What’s something that was totally scary but you tackled it anyway? Leave us a comment. xoxo
P.S. See all the posts in the Think Like a Boss series right here.