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Don’t be afraid

A Thought for the Week

“Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.” ~ Unknown
“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” ~ Paulo Coelho
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

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2 comments on “Don’t be afraid
  1. David Cain says:

    Hi Hilda. Loved these. I have always appreciated quotes about the riskiness of not taking risks, but I have to say that they haven’t really worked for me in a practical sense in my life, and I think I know why. These are all completely logical statements, and nobody could disagree with them. But fear is what stops us from taking risks, and fear is not rational. It is completely emotional and it doesn’t listen to reason.

    One thing that did make a difference in my life was something an Olympic coach said about managing fear in athletes. I’m paraphrasing, but it was something like, “You have to think of fear as being fun to challenge.” Fear as fun — that concept blew my mind, and it really does work.

  2. Hilda says:

    Hi David,

    Fear as fun – that’s an interesting concept! I’ll try it on for size and see if it works for me too ;-)

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