Often you’ll hear me preach about getting over your fears, as they are what stands between you and success, but yesterday someone asked what drives me to get up at 4am every day and forge through the long day. I had to think about that for a moment and realized, in part, fear plays a substantial role in my motivation.
When we fear failure, or fear what others will say, or fear losing something we are inclined to simply give up, but think of this for a moment; if we fear something enough we might work much harder in order not to fail. Is that crazy or does that make sense?
Anyone that has something to lose or has lost all that they have are going to fear losing again, I know I do. There was a time I lost it all. Completely isolated and abandoned in a state where I knew no one, away from my family, I lost my job, my home and my vehicle. I had nothing left in the bank at all, some days I ate, some I did not. It took everything in me to get out of bed, although the roaches usually had me jumping pretty early. The only place I could afford was infested with them and take note, they don’t pay rent!
I began working three jobs, one in an office during the day, a retail store at night, and I bartended on the weekends. A few times I was so tired I’d show up at the wrong job! I remember those days and nights like it was yesterday. I cried at least once a week, and now 11 years later I never want to end up like that again. That fear is enough to drive anyone to get up and keep going.
That same fear that kept me going in the past is the same fear that motivates me today. Once you’ve lost close to everything, taking a chance to do something new becomes far less scary. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You might fail? Might yes, but if you’re driven by fear you’ll work harder than someone who has never lost anything. Trust me on this! Turn your fears into a driving force of passion and you cannot fail.