Forbes, "Standing Up To The Spectre of Failure"

A spectre is haunting women entrepreneurs. The spectre… of failure.

Nobody likes to fail, but the crippling fear of it is something that women are, as a class, more prone to than men (and deservedly so; it’s hard not to be afraid to fail when every misstep is used as proof that women simply aren’t good enough). It’s built right into how we’re trained to function in this world – and our collective anxiety about how we challenge that. In fact, I’d warrant that a fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles women face in achieving some form of financial independence, a tiny gremlin in our brains that we’ve given far too much control over our lives.