Stop worrying about missing out

Mike Edwards
3 min readFeb 8, 2019

I recently read an article which talked about the trap of not wanting to miss out on something. Not wanting to miss something is more commonly known as the fear of missing out (FOMO). When struck by FOMO you might find yourself saying yes to everything.

I think I might be somewhat of a FOMO expert.

Entrepreneurial trap

I believe FOMO is a common fear encountered by those who have chosen self-employment. I understand why that happens because if you’re not working, you’re not making money. For me, I have found myself trapped by FOMO in numerous ways:

  • Saying ‘yes’ to work I didn’t want because I believed generating revenue was the priority
  • Filling my calendar with billable work because I have to take the work while it’s there
  • Agreeing to partner on a conference talk I didn’t want because if I don’t someone else will get the spotlight
  • I have to take the work while it’s there so vacation will have to wait until another year

The list goes on. In all of these stories, my justification is a story I’m telling myself. The stories were rooted in my fears. This is when I find myself in the grips of FOMO.

Don’t worry if you are not self-employed. FOMO is not the exclusive domain of…



Mike Edwards

Executive & Leadership Coach, Blogger, and author of Activate your Leadership