i was at a meeting the other night when i fell into a conversation. we got to talking about politics and the fact that i was running against ron paul came up. she couldn’t get over the fact that i would “put myself out there” and take a chance on “failing in front of everyone.”
later i was talking to another person in the room and overheard that same woman saying that she worked for the district attorney or something. i couldn’t help but chuckle a bit. she is a prosecutor and i am the brave one?
it got me reflecting on the fact that fear is such a great robber of potential…and it isn’t until you experience those things in life that you truly SHOULD fear that you realize how much time is wasted on being afraid of things that don’t really matter.
conquering fear is difficult, but the best way to do it is to imagine the consequences of failure and weigh them against the value of success. if i come up short in the election will my kids get cancer? will i be forced to unplug someone from a life support system? will i sustain a head or spinal cord injury? will i die filled with the poison of regret?
no. if i fail i am still an innovator. i am still a friend. i am still a dad.