I was doing a coaching call with an entrepreneur the other day, and she said something interesting. Jerrica is a student in my Apps Without Code Bootcamp working on a women’s comedy app.
Here’s what Jerrica said:
“When I look at my competitors and what they have, and I look at my measly little blog, it feels like nothing.”
Okay, so that sounds pretty bleak, right?
Pouring your heart and soul into your startup, feeling like it’s all for nothing… that sucks.
But here’s the thing:
This kind of self-doubt is super common!
I hear entrepreneurs ask these sorts of questions all the time:
- Is what I’m doing actually valuable?
- Why would anyone listen to me?
- Do people even want this thing?
I still ask myself these same questions!
As entrepreneurs, we need to keep it all in perspective.
In Jerrica’s case, she was worried the design and content of her blog wouldn’t stack up against her competitors.
Two SUPER important things to keep in mind when you’re afraid to launch your website:
- The majority of people looking at your website have NO IDEA your competitors exist (or at least, how their design and content compare to yours)
- The first version of your website will be BUTT ASS UGLY
When you accept this reality, taking your first website live becomes a LOT less scary!
In fact, whenever you find yourself scared to pull the trigger because you don’t think your idea is good enough, or your website is pretty enough, or your content is interesting enough … just remember, if you don’t keep things in perspective, you’re never going to take the kinds of risks necessary to succeed.
A bunch of other folks have summed it up this way:
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
Hi there- My name is Tara Reed & I’m the founder of Kollecto. I'm a non-technical founder building software without writing any code.I’m also a first-time entrepreneur who swore I'd never become an entrepreneur…Oh well, sh*t happens! :) Follow my journey as I build a cool art startup...