Are you betting on yourself to fail?

  • Bank loans
  • Private investors
  • Venture capital
  • Credit cards
  • Private loans from friends or family
  • Grants
  • Savings
  • Retirement accounts
  • Crowdfunding
  • Deferred compensation
  • Income from a full-time or part-time job or side-hustle
  • Taking on equity partners

Betting on yourself to lose

Here is what it looks like when someone bets on themselves to lose.

  • I can’t do that
  • I don’t want to go into debt
  • It’s not smart to use credit cards for that
  • I’m maxed out because I’m helping (add family member’s name here) pay for (add expense here)
  • Investors don’t understand my idea
  • I don’t know how to write a business plan to attract a partner
  • I don’t want to use my savings

Betting on yourself to win

For the people I talk to who bet on themselves to win, the conversation is different. It’s a conversation about action steps and possibilities.

I’ve been on both sides

I recognize each place because I’ve been in both places.



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Tara Lutman Agacayak

Tara Lutman Agacayak

Founder of the Creative Impact Studio. Creative solutions & leadership coaching for the women who lead companies that make our lives better.