“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today I’m going to talk about something you don’t hear about too much.
The fear of success.
There’s a lot of people out there that have a fear of success. I’d venture to say that most business people have had to deal with this at some point. I know I have.
Now I’m not talking about a feeling of guilt about your success.
That’s rampant as well.
But what I’m talking about is a fear that causes inaction, paralysis of analysis, procrastination, and time-wasting… for even people who have fault-less plans.
It’s not so much the fear itself that is the problem. It’s its major by-product: inaction.
You see, one of my favorite books of all time is Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.”
In it, he talks about the 6 fears that sabotage success.
Listed, they are:
Fear of poverty
Fear of criticism
Fear of ill health
Fear of loss of love
Fear of old age
Fear of death
Notice one that’s missing here?
The fear of success.
As I said before, the fear of success is not only very real, but it’s probably the number one reason people 1) don’t take action and 2) fail.
None of those other fears listed above are as dangerous as the fear of success, in my opinion. Aside from the fear of criticism, none of the others produce inaction, like the fear of success does.
I was recently reading an article somewhere (if this sounds familiar, please tell me where) that compared Napoleon Hill and his book, “Think and Grow Rich” with W. Clement Stone and his book, “The Success System that Never Fails.”
Basically, the article went on to say that because Stone’s book was focused on taking action, whereas Hill’s was focused on thought, it proved to not only be a better model, but both books directly correlated with their author’s inevitable success.
Hill lost his fortune and was actually “bailed out” by Stone, who bought the rights to Hill’s teachings and gave him a job, allowing Hill to live out the end of his life in some comfort. Otherwise, we would have died destitute.
Anyway, as obviously implied… action is the key. And to quote one more of my favorite all-time authors, Robert Ringer, “nothing happens until something moves.”
The question is: are you doing all you can to guarantee yourself of success, or hopefully, even more success than you already have? Or do you have a fear of success built in, that makes you stop short of that action?