Everyone has a fear of something, even if they do not want to admit it. Whether this fear is as real as the dog down the street or as existential as death, we are all afraid of something. Usually we discuss fear in the context of failure or rejection, but there is a fear that is just as crippling even though we all want it...a fear of success.
To succeed means to overcome the odds thrown at you, to make the best of your situation, or (gods forbid) rising above even you wildest expectations. Why would this situation, or even the mere fantasy of this situation, cripple us with fear and hesitation? Well, Nelson Mandela had something to say about this at his inaugural address:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented or fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." This is why I feel that the WF is so amazing. So many people tell us that there is no way to make money online, and if you do, you are scamming someone. While there are scammers amongst us, I feel that our successes do make others feel insecure and that is where their hostility must come from. However, I hope that my fellow warriors keep inspiring people to be financially independent (like you all have inspired me to keep going even though I fall flat on my ass sometimes) to be better and not to be afraid of making their dreams come true. This way of making a living is one of the few ways that is not completely regulated by "the system" and it is important that we keep that alive and strong.
I have always found this quote from Mandela to be so inspirational whether I am being faced with a failure or a success because it is 100% true. We are often told as children that we can do what ever it is that we want to do, but how many of us actually do that? How many of us call the shots in our own lives? I know that many of the warriors of this forum do and that scares people. When I tell people that I run my own online business they often look at me with skepticism and apprehension saying things like "that's not a real job," or "why don't you get a real job?"
Instead of letting these comments get to me, I simply nod and smile because I know that success makes them uncomfortable just like it makes me uncomfortable sometimes. I usually keep these conversations very short.
Our power comes from within, from our successes as well as our failures and the true testament of courage is to face the day with a willingness to take the bad with the good and to make the best of our situations.
Keep on succeeding and do not let the fear of success hold you back!
Have a great rest of your day,