The Terrifying Habit Of Highly Successful People

The Terrifying Habit Of Highly Successful People

It’s been a while since I read a truly good motivational book

Feels like in the last decade every Tom, Dick and Harry decided to write one… with various results, to put it mildly.

Having no luck with finding anything inspiring, I came back to the good old classic:

Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”

(If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you do).

Anyway, sitting with my battered (highlights, notes, coffee stains…) copy last night, I came to the part I wanted to share with you:

The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen or where it is going to lead.

You don’t know what new dangers and challenges you’ll find. […]

Without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness.

You become trailblazer, a pathfinder. You open new possibilities, new territories, new continents, so that others can follow.

I like that a lot.

It reminds me that getting off the beaten path and choosing to do things your way really is a big, scary freaking deal…

And it’s totally normal to be terrified of taking that first  (and second and hundredth) step towards the unknown.

Nothing to be ashamed of.

People often associate being scared with being weak.

We’re made to believe that in order to succeed we first have to become some kind of fearless badass.

Nope. No need to turn into Mad Max.

In life, love and business, winners accept fear, move on and discover new horizons…

While losers quietly wait for fear to melt away and as a result spend their life hoping for new horizons to appear.

So the only real question is:

Are you willing to accept fear and deal with it?

Eliminating it is a lost battle anyway.

Instead, stop it from becoming your dominant emotion.

Acknowledge it.

Appreciate even (it’s trying to protect you after all).

And move it gently aside, while you go explore new horizons.

That’s how you start blazing your own trail.

That’s how you revive these feelings of excitement and curiosity.

That’s how you feel ALIVE big time.

Yours in scary success,


P.S. Still looking for some good, no-nonsense, no-BS motivational/self-development books – hit me up with your recommendations (or warn me of the rubbish ones).

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