Have you been putting off taking the steps to quit your job and own your own business? If you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that you have at least a slight fear of failure. After all, who isn’t at least a little bit scared of failing? However, the opposite may actually be true. That’s right, you may have a fear of success.


Fear of success was first diagnosed in the 1970s by psychologist Matina Horner. This phobia affects both men and women, and it’s very similar to a fear of failure. The biggest difference, though, is that people with a fear of success are scared that they will not be able to perform at the necessary level to continue to be successful in their new position (be it in a promotion at work or as the CEO of a start-up).

People who suffer from fear of success also often suffer from impostor’s syndrome. They feel that they have somehow fooled others into thinking they’re good at their job or some other aspect of their life, and that they will soon be revealed to be an impostor if they take the next step forward.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry—you’re not alone. A lot of successful entrepreneurs have battled with fear of success and impostor’s syndrome. So, if you think this might be the case for you, read through these two common symptoms and how to deal with them to overcome your fears.


One of the most common symptoms of fear of success is being afraid that you won’t be able to deliver in your new role or position. If you’ve never run a business before, it’s very common to feel afraid that you won’t be a good CEO and that you’ll disappoint the people who’ve believed in you thus far.

So how can you overcome this fear? Boost your confidence by looking back at the things you’ve accomplished thus far. Look at how you’ve made it in your career and how you haven’t just “lucked” into every move you’ve made. At the same time, continue to do your homework on how to successfully launch a business and what you need to do to get your product to your customers. The more you dive into this, the less time you’ll have to worry about whether or not you’re going to be a great CEO. You’ll be too busy actually becoming a great CEO to worry about it!

Many people who start their own business are actually afraid of success. Follow these tips to help you be more confident and follow your dreams.


A lot of people fear success because they worry they’re going to lose whatever free time they have now. Well, yes, for a little while, you will probably spend a lot of late nights and early mornings on work. However, this is only a temporary situation. As your business grows and gets on its feet, you’ll have more and more free time to play with.

Still scared of losing your free time and autonomy? Work on learning to delegate. The more you delegate, the more time you’ll have for high-level decision-making and important, moneymaking tasks. When you can focus on those without distraction, you can get them done faster, and you’ll have more free time to spend with family and friends than you’ve ever had before.

So what do you think? Are you afraid of success? If so, follow these tips and see how much more confident you feel in taking the next step toward achieving your dreams!

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