Rhonda Abrams in USA Today:

After I had been in business for a few years, a friend asked me, “Rhonda, when did you know you were good at what you do?” I had to stop and think. Until my friend posed the question, I hadn’t realized that it had been quite a while since I had experienced “the fraud factor.”

That’s a feeling most entrepreneurs have when they’re still relatively new to business — a sensation that what they’re doing isn’t really real. Because what they’re doing is unfamiliar, it often feels as if they’re posing or playing a part. That often makes them feel like they’re incapable, clumsy, a fraud — no matter how good they are at what they do.

If you’re new to business, you too may experience feeling the “fraud factor.” If you look around, you see a bunch of confident competitors and imagine they all know exactly what they’re doing, while you’re still trying to figure out the business lingo or what to charge.

Take heart. Just because you’re new doesn’t mean you’re a fraud. And even if you do feel like a fraud, it doesn’t mean you’re incompetent.

 

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on May 8, 2006 in Ideas.

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