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Fear Can Be A Good Thing


Fear is a very powerful emotion; It can cause one to experience feelings of vulnerability and if you allow it, fear can virtually paralyze you. But it’s very much a double edged sword. Fear can also trigger adrenaline and instincts that can save your life in times of need.

I remember watching a documentary on Mike Tyson and hearing him say how scared he was before a fight. His quote gave me insight on how you can control this emotion and use it to your advantage: “When I come out I have supreme confidence but I’m scared to death. I’m totally afraid. I’m afraid of everything. I’m afraid of losing. I’m afraid of being humiliated. But I’m totally confident. The closer I get to the ring the more confident I get; the closer, the more confident I get. All during my training I’ve been afraid of this man. I thought this man might be capable of beating me. I’ve dreamed of him beating me. Because of that I’ve always stayed afraid of him. The closer I get to the ring I’m more confident. Once I’m in the ring I’m a God.”- Mike Tyson.

After hearing the most feared boxer in the history of the sport say he’s scared before a fight,  I came to peace with the emotion. Every time I handle a business transaction I put my money where my mouth is and I experience the same feelings. What if my competition has better training than me? What if I pursue my goals and fail in the public eye? What if I was overly eager and greed got the best of me? That’s when I turn to my family and friends to do some soul searching. I ask myself questions like: is my heart in the right place? Does this venture line up with my ethics and dreams? Can my loved ones benefit from this experience? If I can answer yes to those questions I’m as confident as Mike was in the ring.


Quote: “A boy comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.”- Cus D’ Amato

By Nima Jacob Nojoumi
By Nima Jacob Nojoumi
Die hard entrepreneur, startup adviser, world traveler, blogger, inbound marketing addict and evangelist of the American Dream. Helping people is my passion, business is my vehicle.
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