In yesterday’s giveaway question I asked if you were not crushing int because you were afraid of success.
I’m not asking if you are afraid of FAILING, I’m asking if you are afraid of SUCCEEDING.
With success comes responsibility. It might come in the form of money, or a title, or recognition, etc.
Sometimes I look at stuff people do and wonder if they are intentionally doing wrong things because they are afraid of succeeding.
Maybe the job seeker is afraid of getting the wrong job, even though they succeed at ending their job search… so they do the wrong stuff.
Maybe the business owner is afraid of getting that big sale, or growing their business to $x.
Back in school it was uncool to get the best grades, so we didn’t (I didn’t, but not for that reason :p). We were afraid of succeeding because it just wasn’t the cool thing to do.
But now, as an adult, as a professional, as a strong contributor to society, it IS okay to succeed.
Are we still afraid of what success really means?
If we are not, then why don’t we change our actions so that we are positioned to succeed?
One of my favorite sayings is right in front of me… it was a gift from Heather Gardner when I spoke at her company:
what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
When I start out on projects that perhaps should fail, I read that and forge on. How about you? (if this makes any sense to you, read Janet Thaeler’s post Whatever Your Fear Tells You – Do the Opposite (Seth Godin))