February 27, 2012—Issue #127
This week’s focus point: If most of your problems, setbacks, and defeats are caused by others, then how do you ever prevent them in the future? We need to “own” our failures, because that’s how we grow and conquer our fears. Blaming them specifically on others (“politics” holds me back at work) or creating imaginary resistance (“I have writer’s block”) simply deepens the hole you find yourself cowering in. Outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, and performers take possession of their fears and obstacles, real or imagined, and overcome them. Face your fear. It won’t kill you, but allowing it to paralyze you will stop all movement. I’ve heard members of Mensa whine that they’re discriminated against because they’re “so smart.” If they’re so smart then they should figure out how to overcome that! (Disclaimer: I’m a member, and the only indication of intelligence that impresses me is not test scores, but success.)
Monday Morning Perspective: A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. — Bertrand de Jouvenel
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