Confidence – How to fearlessly launch a startup

Anda Gansca – Confidence – How to fearlessly launch a startup, defeat your insecurities & succeed! 

You know, we all have fears, and demons, and insecurities. And when you are just about to start a company, you really feel like you need to fix them all before you start. And you feel like you need to start with a clean slate, and a very clear start line, and the resources to get to the next line that you can see…

I do not think you can really ever get yourself ready for starting a company, if that is your mentality… I mean, if you really are trying to fix every one of your tiny insecurities before—it is very difficult to ever get started. You end up being paralyzed.

Paralyzed by your own fear, by your own insecurities. By the idea that maybe you are going to fail. By how huge your ambitions actually are. And, it is just, you know, terrifying. I remember the moments when I decided to start Knotch. I am pretty OCD about everything. And so, this notion of almost, kind of, giving birth to something, I cannot control, that is going to reflect me and other people will be able to judge that, and directly or indirectly judge me through it, was just terrifying.

Ultimately, you know, the solution is you have to get up and do it. And the reality is—and the beautiful thing is that as you start working on your company, you start working on yourself. Because this company is a reflection of who you are, and every single one of your insecurities is going to be challenged. They are somehow going to bubble up to the surface. And you are going to have to defeat them in real time, in order to be successful at what you are building.

And so, for me, people usually ask me how much would I want this company or that company to pay me to sell Knotch. And the truth is, I do not know if I would take any money. Partially it is because I just think it’s an incredible opportunity, and it is just going to explode and it is going to make all of us a lot more money than we would know what to do with, but, on top of that, it is this really emotional side of me that just knows that without this company I would not have become the self-confident woman that I am today. That I would not have thought through the million insecurities that I had to get to where I am today. And so, to me, you know, funny enough it was kind of like one of those spa centers that you go to, to find yourself. That is kind of how Knotch has been for me. And I will say one more thing. I think incredibly hard times really surface who you are as a human being, at the core. They either make you a better person or a worse person. In other words, they either make you or break you. And so there is definitely a chance that they are going to break you, and that is when you will know that you are not cut to be an entrepreneur. And, by God, I hope not all of the people in the world are because, what would I do? There are people that need to work for entrepreneurs and there are people who need to work in government, and so on. So if that happens, that is okay, but, if you feel like you become more and more powerful person everyday by going through challenges, that nearly kill you everyday, then this is definitely for you and it is going to make you stronger, so you should just jump right in.