Fear is a very powerful emotion. It can literally paralyze you from doing the things you want to do in both business and life. It can also be a motivating force for success.
Everyone is afraid of something, even though many people won’t admit it. The thing that many people are afraid of is failure. No one wants to fail. That’s why many people won’t take the necessary chance to try and achieve their dreams. I’d rather try something and fail than never tried and wondered what might have been.
A lot of fear comes from other people trying to tell you what to do or not do. Most people thought I was crazy to want to start my own business. They all though I should finish college and get a job with a bank or insurance company, for job security. Well, we all know how that has worked out for many people. I’ve always been able to get work and continually grow a business, giving me some security.
Even on a personal level, fear stops people from doing things they always wanted to do. Too many people let popular opinion judge what they would like to do. If it’s something you want to do and it doesn’t hurt anyone, go for it. If you want to become a chef at 50 years of age, do it. If you want to become a black belt in Karate at 62, do it. You don’t want to look back and say “I wish I did this and did that”
I believe in doing what ever I can to enrich my life. It doesn’t matter that I work long hours, have a family and have lots of responsibilities. I take on what life has to offer. I won’t have any regrets. Sure I get nervous taking on new things but that’s what makes life exciting. I won’t let the fear of what others might think or say deter me from living my life.