Entrepreneur Steve Sims writes in his book Bluefishing
that while many so-called gurus and leaders say we should be fearless, that’s just not possible.
If you’re human, you’ve been afraid: “It’s part of how we’re all made.”
As Sims notes, being scared is often useful.
“In a moment of fear, all of your senses are heightened and you work at 200 percent … you are hyper-focused.”
But of course fear has a downside.
The problem is that many people will use fear as an excuse to not move forward.
Sims recommends that you alter your perspective of fear.
“Be fearful that in a month’s time, you will be in exactly the same place that you are in right now.”
Let’s say your house burns down, or you go bust, or you get screwed over and lose money.
For Sims, “Those experiences can define you, or they can grow you.”
Many people dwell on the experience for too long, and use it as an excuse to stop.
But that’s when fear wins and you suffer.
After all: “Everything stagnant rots. If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”