I’m not going to lie, it is a lil scary to choose an untraveled path by yourself against the unknown. Fear can either paralyze you or drive you into action. Which for some bring on more fear and anxiety.
Although that is the same thing that attracts me to it . I personally strive under pressure’s from fear, which requires quick thinking (reflexes). Through out my life I have been known to climb the tallest tower’s (even surrounded by high voltage at times). Even skydiving, motorcycles, Ariel flips on my rollerblades and the list goes on and on. Yes the risk’s are much higher, but so is a payoff of complete freedom.
As you put yourself in the path of fear more and more. You start to feel calm (immune)… which leads to an inner peace… which leads to a sense of freedom searching for bigger and bigger obstacle’s that life can bring. Like anything done repeatedly, you’ll be ready to take on anything when you face it.
What begins to happen as you “rise above” the emotion is that you begin to “see” yourself as if you’re almost an unconcerned third party (confidence). You’re no longer trapped in anxiety and instead of making bad decisions, you can now enter in a solution mentality because your mind is thinking more clearly (as done more often).
“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
– Dorothy Thompson
The same goes for entrepreneurs that see an opportunity that no one else does. Yes, the road is going to be tough, but the payout is something so much greater then what the standard can provide.
“If it was easy, everyone would be doing it”
Being a business owner there have been MANY days to wake up and think ” I wish i had a standard, steady 9-5 like everyone else”. Although I have since I was 14 and it left me with no stability to start a family (explained here). I think besides the know how, fear is a big reason people block creativity from happening. The worst that can happen is that you learn a lesson to pass on to the next generation of creative minds.
When it comes to the work place, most company’s dont embrace creativity from their employee’s. I’m not sure why, but in doing so will make the difference between a successful company and one providing slower growth or even destined to fail. Depending on where the chain of command to the top stops.
Look at google for instance. Google is one of the most sought out company’s to work for because of they embrace creativity instead of fearing it. Most of Google employee’s are working on their own side projects.
Probably why they have one of the highest traded stocks in the U.S. market and the fifth most valuable company in the country. I’m just sayin…
Here’s a GREAT blog article on embracing fear on a personal level that I highly recommend and kinda jealous i didnt write it. haha