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5 Excuses Holding You Back From Starting Your Business

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I remember standing on top of the high-dive platform when I was 10 years old, staring down terrified.

My best friend, Sarah, and I had wanted to jump off of the high dive all summer, but we were too scared. Today was the day. We had mustered up the courage. We were going to count to three and then finally make the jump!

We climbed the three sets of ladders leading up to the platform. When we got to the top, we looked down. Just the sight of the drop took our breath away. We spread out a safe distance from each other, held our nose, and started to count.

“One . . . Two . . . ”

“WAIT I’M NOT READY!” I gasped. We both stepped back and took a deep breath to regroup. Okay, okay. We could do this.

We stepped back up to the edge, pinched our noses again, and started to count. “One . . . Two . . . ”

“Hang on, my bathing suit is twisted!” Sarah screeched.

We both stepped away from the edge while she straightened and restraightened her bathing suit.

Finally, after a few more false starts and rounds of excuses, Sarah and I counted all the way to three and actually accomplished our goal of jumping off of the high dive that summer.

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And as silly as it may sound, jumping off of the high dive platform when you’re 10 years old isn’t all that different from how it feels to put yourself out there in business.

You want to. You dream to. You know you can. But sometimes the journey to get there and actually just make the jump is so terrifying that all you find yourself doing is stalling by making excuses.

I hear this all of the time in my coaching sessions with women who want to start their own business. Here are five common excuses holding people back from starting their businesses.

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1. “I’m not ready.”

Ready is a myth. I promise you, whether it’s in business or a high dive or anything else scary in life, you never feel ready. Doing something new is risky and uncomfortable, but the people who win in business and life do it anyway.

2. “I don’t have enough experience.”

How will you get experience if you don’t just start doing the thing? And what’s interesting about this excuse is that no matter how much experience you have or gain over time, it never feels like it’s enough. It’s called the imposter syndrome, and lots of very successful people have experienced it, such as Nobel Laureate Maya Angelou and Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

3. “I don’t have enough time, money, materials, (fill in the blank.)”

In our world of free social media marketing, you don’t need much to get started. Dave Ramsey started his business on a card table in his living room. You don’t need even half of what you think you do.

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4. “I’m not qualified.”

Unless you need a specialized certification in a field with high liability, you are qualified. If you want to help and serve people, you don’t need a qualification for that. You just need the desire and ability—not a piece of paper giving you permission.

"If you want to help and serve people, you don’t need a qualification for that." @ChristyBWright

5. “The business isn’t ready to launch.”

This one can hold people up for years. If you wait until it’s perfect before you start making a sale, the business will never have a chance. Put some things out there and see what works. Learn from those things and try some more new things. You’ll never be ready and the business will never be perfect, so go ahead and get it out there and get moving.

The reality is, starting a business and putting your heart and soul and dreams out there on the line can be terrifying. It’s like looking over the high dive—it takes your breath away.

You can stall and make excuses about time, materials, websites, competition, or straightening your bathing suit all you want to. But at the end of the day, if you want it bad enough, you’ve got to just close your eyes, count to three, and jump!

"If you want it bad enough, you’ve got to just close your eyes, count to three, and jump!" @ChristyBWright

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About Christy Wright

Both entertaining and inspiring, Christy Wright presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences nationwide. As the creator of the Business Boutique movement and through her sold-out live events, Christy has equipped thousands of women to successfully start and grow a business so they can make money doing what they love. Christy is a Certified Business Coach and Ramsey Personality. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to audiences across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences, and Fortune 500 companies. She and her husband, Matt, live in Brentwood, Tennessee, with their sons, Carter and Conley. You can follow Christy on Twitter and Instagram at @ChristyBWright, online at, or