Source | Brian H. Robb | www.entrepreneur.com
There’s a saying that goes, “If you want to run with the big dogs, you have to get off the porch.” In other words, you must step out of your comfort zone and take a risk to discover your own true talents and abilities. Success in a career or investments is more likely the result of effort and persistence than superior intelligence or natural gifts.
Fear of failure keeps most people from ever realizing their true potential. When they are given an opportunity outside their expertise or experience, they retreat from the challenge. They forget that the most important lessons come from failure. Henry Ford went bankrupt four times before he found market success. Thomas Edison claims to have had 10,000 failures but considered them useful, because he learned what did not work.
Unless you want to spend your life with “ifs” and “buts” (“I could have, if …” or “I would have, but ….”), you have to get out there and take a chance. I’ve learned that nothing is gained by always playing it safe in life.
Prisoners of our past
Psychologists refer to an individual’s “deserve level” as the unconscious acceptance of an arbitrary status or capability. It’s rooted in childhood and defined by mental perceptions accumulated as we mature. Fear, real and/or imagined, reinforce our perception of ourselves and the chances we are willing to take.