Tag Archives: Fear

On Character

In Britain, it’s a crime to display a sign that is “threatening or abusive or insulting” with the intent to provoke “distress”, even if that sign is displayed in your own window.  The local constabulary explained that citizens, “in the … Continue reading

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How To Be 10x Happier In Just 60 Minutes A Day

If you have a job, chances are most of your waking hours are not your own.  Most of all your hours may not be your own.  Between the time it takes you to get ready in the morning, your commute, and … Continue reading

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Mystery

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. – Albert Einstein It’s no coincidence that we’re so driven by mystery: the unknown is what … Continue reading

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…But No One Else Is Doing It

It’s scary if you’re the only one doing something.  The immediate thought is that you must be doing something wrong.  Surely, if you were right, someone else would be doing it. Sometimes, that’s true.  Nobody is selling bacon-flavored oxygen because … Continue reading

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Fear Breeds Superstition

Superstition, then, is engendered, preserved, and fostered by fear.  If anyone desire an example, let him take Alexander, who only began superstitiously to seek guidance from seers, when he first learnt to fear fortune in the passes of Sysis (Curtius, … Continue reading

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Fear and Fire

“Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy … Continue reading

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You’re Not Unique

Most of the things you experience are universal.  Every emotion you’ve ever felt has been felt by just about everybody else. Everyone is scared. Those who succeed had, and have, the same fears as you.  But they do it anyway.

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Steve Jobs on Failure

I’ve never found anyone who didn’t want to help me if I asked them for help.  Most people never pick up the phone and call; most people never ask.  And that’s what separates, sometimes, the people who do things and … Continue reading

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Hope and Fear

They’re not so different: The two of them march in unison like a prisoner and the escort he is handcuffed to.  Fear keeps pace with hope. . . . both belong to amind in suspense, to amind in a state … Continue reading

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What Scares Us Most

There is no child on the planet who is afraid of the dark. They’re afraid of not being able to see what’s around them.  They’re afraid of the unknown. We all are. While fear of pain drives us to act … Continue reading

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Do It Because You’re Bad At It

From 0 to 18, we’re constantly doing stuff we’re bad at.  It starts out with just being by ourselves at night, then walking, then talking.  Eventually, we go off to school.  We’re out of our comfort zones, meeting all kinds … Continue reading

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You’re Always Gonna Be Scared

We’re all scared.  The difference is whether you’re gonna keep moving. An inspiring talk about fear by Merlin Mann: (starts slow, but it’s worth pushing through)   What are you scared of?

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Conquering Fear

Most people have irrational fears of some sort.  Whether it’s of flying, or confined spaces, or water, or people, the best method is always facing those fears head on.  Click here for an amazing write up of someone who overcame … Continue reading

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Why Creativity is Scary

What is creativity?  Is it spawning new ideas from whole cloth?  Is it wild discovery and clear innovation?  Where does creativity come from? Is it that Eureka moment, that flash of inspiration that comes out of the ether?  Is it, … Continue reading

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Poke The Box

Not only do I think Seth Godin’s new manifesto, Poke The Box, is worth reading, I think there’s some ideas in it that are so important I’m putting them down here so I don’t forget them.  The book is only … Continue reading

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