Using Fear to Your Advantage


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 Those who are satisfied with the status quo of their lives, do not feel compelled to push themselves to grow in order to reach a higher level of achievement. So, in a real sense, complacency is a mindset that keeps you stuck where you are in life.

Dreamer-Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, often put everything on the line – their savings, their home, their retirement funds, personal guarantees on any money they borrow to fund their dreams, etc.

When every asset you own is being used to finance a dream, the prospect of failing is a scary thing, not just to you but to your spouse or significant other. That very real fear of failing forces Dreamer-Entrepreneurs to do what they have to do in order to survive. That fear of failure forces them to learn everything they need to know in order to avoid mistakes and when they do make a mistake, they become quick studies, so they won’t make the same mistake twice.

During this survival period, Dreamers grow into the individuals they need to be in order to survive and avoid failure. That growth is like a bank account of knowledge that they tap in order to help keep them moving forward, further and further away from failure.

And, the further away they get from failure, the closer they get to success.

So, don’t let fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams. Double down if you have to, but never quit. When you know you have everything to lose by failing, failure does not become an option. Success is your only escape hatch.

Use fear to your advantage. Let fear push you to become the person you need to be in order to succeed. When you make a decision to go for it, leveraging everything you own, you’ll be forced to grow and achieve, in order to avoid failure.

Being scared is not always a bad thing.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Glen pertzel says:


    Thanks so much for this inspiration, it’s exactly where I’m at right now!!!

    Scary, but good times ahead.

    I trust you and your family are travelling well.


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