“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”
~ George Addair
Urban legend has it that Willie Sutton, the notorious American bank robber once answered the question of why he robbed banks by saying “well, because that’s where the money is!” While I’m not advocating robbing banks, as they sometimes do to us through outlandish bank and ATM fees, I would say that the number one reason we haven’t achieved what we really want out of life is fear.
It’s the one thing that stands between you and your dreams. As Addair said, “everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
So how do you overcome fear to get to what you want? What would you do if your wallet accidentally fell in the toilet? You’d squeamishly push through that crap (see what I did there?) and grab your wallet. Then the moment would have passed but you’d have your prized possession forever. Do the same thing to get what you want in life. LEAN IN and go after it REGARDLESS. I’m not saying you have to conquer your fear or not be afraid of it. I’m saying you should push through regardless. Everything you want is on the other side of that fear.
My close friends know that that for years I’ve been a social media-phobe. I never posted anything on my social media account, never put any pictures of me out there, and never got baited into any online arguments. I guard my personal life like a lotto ticket. But writing The Opposite Of Poverty Is Friendship and wanting to share it with the world has meant that I had to push through that to get to what I want. And this coming Friday, March 21, I’ll have accomplished a major milestone as the book is released. But if I wasn’t willing to do that, I wouldn’t be able to write this or have a chance to inspire you.
I want to connect with you DESPITE my fear of being scrutinized by the world. I keep looking for things I’m uncomfortable doing, and I keep leaning in. Not because I’m not afraid, but because after I pass through that, I always get to what it is I really wanted in the first place, and that’s why I press on regardless.
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