really look fear in the face―and take action anyway―you
When I was younger I thought that being "courageous"
meant that you weren't afraid of anything. However
as Mark Twain said (and I learned): "Courage is
resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of
fear." Or as Taylor Swift put it:
"Fearless is living in spite of those things
that scare you to death."
Some fears are understandable, however the vast majority
of them are unfounded. And never manifest into anything.
In fact something like 80%+ of what we worry about never
One of the most common fears is the fear of "failure." As
you have probably heard me say before, "failure"
doesn't exist: It's a man-made illusion. In fact, "failure" is
one of your greatest assets on the path to "Success."
Why? Because every "failure" is actually an opportunity to
learn something that will make you more successful. As
Napoleon Hill said:
"Every adversity, every failure, and every
heartache carries with it to seed of an equal
or greater benefit."
This is something I have learned personally from my
experience with Schizophrenia. Because of my illness, I
have: 1. Rejuvenated my relationship with God. 2.
Become more appreciative and grateful. And: 3
Deepened my compassion and empathy. My illness has
truly become "A blessing in disguise" and I'm very
Thankful for it.
I believe anything fearful, challenging, and difficult you
may go through―including being a successful
Entrepreneur―can teach you something that will
empower you and make you more successful. Another
one of my favourite quotations (originally by Bruce Lee
and then used by the late, great Susan Jeffers) is:
"Feel the fear and do it anyway."
It's the difficult, fearful moments in Life that often make
way for the greatest development. Fear can become an
ally in your search for success and fulfilment. Instead of
hiding from your fears, shine a light on them and use them
to your advantage.
"Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing."