Thursday 4 August 2016

Nothing to fear but fear itself

I spend most my days speaking to and working with Managing Directors and Business Owners across the country (and sometimes in other countries)
Some customers I see regularly and have a more personal interaction with, whereas with others I have more of a "virtual relationship" – i.e we interact through email, social media and SKYPE
But, interestingly, regardless of how our relationship is managed, they all have one major obstacle holding them back – surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly) it is not lack of knowledge, lack of resources, or even lack of money that’s preventing them from running the business that they want (although these may be issues that they are facing in their business lives)
The thing that is holding them back, more often than not, is fear - fear of getting it wrong, fear of looking stupid in front of your friends, colleagues and family members, and fear of failing
Of course, fear can be useful in some situations - it stops most of us doing stupid things like jumping out of a moving vehicle, but fear of failure can be the very thing that’s stops you reaching your full potential - In life and in business!
Sometimes, the fear of failure can be so strong that it stops us even trying to achieve what we really want to achieve - and so instead of reaching our full potential, instead of doing what we know is right, instead of moving forward with a plan, we end up doing nothing and stay as we are
The good news is though... It’s a relatively simple problem to solve! All it takes is a shift in mindset!
Failure can be VERY good for business
Now I’m not saying failure is the goal - of course it’s not!
Success is the goal, but in order to achieve success some failure is almost inevitable
If you think about it former US president Abraham Lincoln first went into politics at the age of 23 when he campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly and failed. He then opened a general store, which failed after only a few months!
Michael Jordan, the most famous name in basketball was actually cut from his high school basketball team!
Walt Disney was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking in ideas!
DavidBeckham has missed more shots at goal than you could even imagine!
I could go on and on – the point is that you can take any successful person from industry or any walk of life and behind their success you will see a catalogue of failings

As Franklin D Roosevelt said in his inaugural address ‘There is nothing to fear but fear itself’

And there are just two things in the main that separates them from everybody else;
1.) They don’t let their past failings stop them from trying again
2.) They learn from their failures and approach things differently next time around 
Two things that you can no doubt apply to the way you do things in your business

So, if you want to get over your fears and make your business the success that you want it to be, if you want to get some tips on how to make your past failures into successes, then contact us today – don’t be afraid! (we are actually quite nice people)

You can contact us in all of the usual ways – by phone on 08456 894 894 for Executive Recruitment or 084 3289 3288 for Management Consultancy – by email at or

Or if you just want to check us out and find our what we do and who we do it with, then go to our websites at or

Until the next time, take care, be bold, and do good business

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