Don’t Fear Failure, Fear Regret

What do you say to those eager, green dreamers when they come to you for startup advice?

Natalie Young, the founder and chef of Eat, a Las Vegas restaurant funded by The Downtown Project, says she tells it like it is. But that doesn’t mean crushing their spirit. Instead, she tries to give them some perspective.

“When someone comes to me and say they want to start their own business, I am harsh about it. You don’t have holidays off, you won’t see your family, you work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s hard,” Young says in an Inc. Trep Life mini documentary. “I am honest: People will fail you, people will let you down and you have to see past all that and see your vision clearly and not let it be distorted by anybody.”

Two years after she opened the doors to her restaurant, Young says, she is just getting to the point where she has a good handle on running the business. Whatever happens, by working hard and sticking to her vision, she won’t have any regrets.

“The last thing I want to do is to wake up 20 years from now and be like I shoulda-coulda-woulda. I think we are put on this planet to have these experiences. I think we live in fear and are so consumed by it that we won’t take the chance to fail,” she says. “There’s no difference between me and anyone else on the planet except that I just get up and keep trying.”

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