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Fears of a Startup CEO


I have not been writing much on, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. In fact, you can see my newly written words often on the web at the various websites I have been working on recently. You surely know about Jeffsetter and Jeffalytics, my two other narcissistically fueled “Jeff” websites, but I’m also trying to build an amazing travel community at Free World and I’ve recently started to share everything in my brain about marketing at Knowledge Land. Add to that several other sites that I have worked on in the past and I’ve been staying busy.

The last two endeavors are the startup ideas I have been working on since going back on my own at the end of last year. They are what excites me for the future and keeps me occupied in the present. They are my attempt to build something substantial and add value to the world. They are my passion projects, and they are how I am chasing the dream.

I’m writing today because I just read an article that hit very close to home on Pando Daily, where a startup CEO talks about their fears. Holy shit! This is such an accurate depiction of the fears that go through my head every day as I work toward building a long lasting company around my passion.

I highly encourage you to read the full article, where 44 fears are listed. They are realistic fears and I have thought at least 80% of them over the past 4 months as I work on my startups. For the purposes of this post, I just wanted to share the first 10 fears expressed by this CEO:

Fears of an NYC Startup CEO

Keep in mind that there is a good chance that this is a successful company! The reality is that no matter how successful a company becomes, it’s the duty of the CEO to worry about creating a great company that will satisfy employees, investors and the marketplace for years to come. Heavy is the head of the CEO for any company, even if they are the only employee.

Every single day I’m faced with doubt about whether I am doing the right thing by taking the entrepreneurial plunge, and every day I keep on plugging away because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s easy to get tempted by the “easy” money of taking a well paying job as a VP of Marketing or taking on consulting gigs to pay the bills. But each minute spent on those projects is a minute that is not spent accomplishing my dreams.

I admit it, I’m afraid. At times I’m scared shitless. And that’s what keeps me going.

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