To Fail or Not to Fail

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” This is one of FDR’s first lines from his first inauguration speech. This was written on the heels of The Great Depression, where for some Americans, going to bed hungry was a high likelihood. Imagine the fear in the air when so many people’s livelihoods were uncertain.

FDR knew that lack of work wasn’t going to be the main issue. Rather, it was going to be the group fear around work and uncertainty for the future.

Fear is funny that way. Give it an inch and it takes a mile.

Fear runs wild in our minds and completely usurps the problem—fear itself becomes the true problem.

The thing I’ve noticed about my own fears so far in my life is that fear likes to keep you immobile and stuck where you are. Fear also likes to take you on a “safe” path, one completely different from the one you wish you were on.

Passion and purpose are scary. Fear protects us from that—at least in the short term.

But the only way forward is to advance. Motion is the cure for fear.

If something is good for you, but it’s scary, do it anyway.

If there’s a purpose you are avoiding—because of fear of failure or uncertainty—go for it anyway.

What’s worse— failing or not trying?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1393

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