Why You Should Say “No” to Fear

There are the clear instructions from the teacher called fear.

“Do this and you lose that, do these and the consequences are as follows…”Very clear warnings complete with ever clearer examples of what could go wrong and so we decide never to even think that direction, never to explore, never to attempt.

This is one danger.There is however, a more serious consequence of staying in fear.

Let’s call it type 2.

This is the type that gradually grows on you after staying in one position for far too long. It gradually reduces the willingness to attempt something new. The type that slows down our ability to read the environment for the next wave of opportunity, preferring to stay in a position of comfort – however well worn. The kind that progresses to shooting down other innovations.


But without innovation, there is no future – not even one with the luxury of entertaining fear.

“If you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much space” – Stephen Hunt.


Picture Perfect

Every generation has its definitions of what it means to be successful.

Personal wealth, business size, staff strength and access to power are to name but a few. Some say families must live in certain places, spouses must look in a certain way, and children must go to certain schools to be deemed successful.

Looking through history, however, we understand that the best and the brightest ideas, people have come from some of the most unexpected places from some of the most interesting circumstances.


The 21st century seems to be the generation that has shown that there is much to be expected from the unexpected. Every aspect of society is being questioned consistently and those that make the necessary adjustments live to see the next set of necessary adjustments.

The nature of disruption is such that the businesses that get upstaged were doing exactly what they should have. They were picture perfect. Only, the market had changed and they weren’t aware.

So, it’s important to ensure that the definitions of perfect we strive to attain is right.

3 Things Worth Fighting For

The story goes that the military leader Constantine in AD 313 won a battle due to a sign he saw in the sky and decided to fight and defend the Church. Either because of a sense of duty, or political expedience, Thurlow Weed fought in the background for the success of several politicians in the hope that they would pave the way for people to have a better life.

This is the nature of real results. Someone somewhere had to fight, to put in the effort – and consistently so, for the business idea, the concept or the belief system to see the light of day.

At some point, you will need to fight for your idea, rebrand, recalibrate, re position or do what you can to ensure that the idea doesn’t die. Where ideas are not fought for a business is lost, society is made less colourful and life is made difficult for those who might have benefited from the idea.


Of course, there are ideas that run contrary to the advancement of society and these should be fought against. To be specific, here are some areas where fighting is key;

1. Ourselves – by going beyond past failures, limiting belief patterns, doubts and fears. Getting better organised, building relationships and adopting a learning mindset.

2. Inferior Products and Services – by making our products consistently better and presenting them in ways convenient for the customer to accept.

3. Our Environment – by expecting resistance from the environment (competition, wrong customers and processes) and finding new ways around old problems)

So, in the end don’t go with the flow, rather, choose to fight one more time, because as every winner knows, the victory is always worth it.


How to Avoid Career Pitfalls

First know what they are.

1. The system is not about you (sorry)

The system is about the customer – as understood by the current set of business leaders. The objective of organisations is to make profit. This is done by getting the best products to the market at the lowest possible prices. Either this, or creating some monopoly via patenting an invention, specialist knowledge of a process, or just creating something completely new.


2. The standards are now global.

Employees should realise that competition is on a global scale and should do all that is within their power to get better at assigned tasks. The days of whining about not been empowered are long gone (for the forward thinking employee, that is) and as Charles Handy was once asked by a sympathetic and experienced company hand; “If you don’t invest in yourself, why should the company?” What this means is, over a period of say 5 years, the depth and spread of your experience should be significant.

In general, employers tend to agree that there is more value to be gotten from diverse employees than, especially for managerial positions.