As a profoundly complex organ, the brain—comprising more than 100 billion nerve cells and weaving an intricate network of electric signals—is the intrinsic source of everything we sense, think and do. And, while some of these signals lead to conscious thoughts and actions, others produce autonomic responses, including fear.

Entrepreneurs—like any other human being—are experiencing such emotion often bearing a negative connotation.

Trait whether associated with fear of failing, taking risks, jumping into the unknown, being mediocre or simply losing creativity, it can simply lead to procrastination, overwhelm, and inaction carrying along with an overall decrease of productivity. Not controlled, these are outcomes a responsible business owner would definitely avoid.

Instead of letting these thoughts drive an innovative mind towards dark roads, entrepreneurs and the like are harnessing this instinctive tool and bringing it into their endeavours.

Here are 3 reasons why fear is entrepreneur's best friend:

01. It Develops Focus

Fear might be a major component that drives people to stay in their jobs; maintaining the status quo throughout their lives. On the other hand, entrepreneurs—as pragmatic dreamers—are focused on disrupting the established order to thrive.

Constantly requiring to move forward by necessity, they have asserted the dangers of inertia, which would, by comparison, make a person riding a bike to fall.

These risks taken into account empower such individuals to develop resilience and grit in their quest of reaching the next milestone.

02. It Unveils Humanity

No one is perfect.

While people tend to separate their business from their personal lives—leaving feelings at homes’ doorstep—no one also likes dealing with egomaniacs either.

At first glance, we have thought of leaders to be above the norm in terms of human traits displayed such as strength, charisma, and vision.

While this is somehow true, those individuals also bear common humility traits that render them likeable by their peers, investors, and colleagues, who, in return, will be more likely to close ranks, give support to move innovation forward, as a team.

03. It Calls Oneself Into Question

When a particular path hasn’t been explored beforehand, self-questioning is—without a doubt—a recurring reminder of innovation’s accomplishment.

Yet not scalable with impartial and universal parameters to compare the evolution of business against a potential competitor, it obliges constant adaptation.

Whether it’s about anticipating or adapting the market, the evolution of technology, the environment, the legislation, or else; being able to reduce the gap between entrepreneurial envy and reality is a constant reminder of a business requirement to stay ahead of the competition.