When we think about fear, we think about that monster in between the hero and the castle (let’s throw in a princess trapped inside the castle). We always look at fear as a bad thing. We’ve heard many inspirational quotes such as, “You need to decide that your desire to succeed is greater than your fear in order to become successful.”
In many cases, fear is that monster blocking you from the castle. Fear stops people from making progress. We see fear as the tiny voice that says, “You can’t.”
Fear has driven some people towards success. The one fear that brings forth success is the fear of hitting rock bottom. This is the moment when someone does not care about being #1 right away. Instead, that person cares about not falling all the way behind.
There are a lot of sources of motivation, but fear can be one of them. This blog post was not written to tell you to get yourself into rock bottom so you can be motivated. This blog post was written to make you think about what common weaknesses you can turn into strengths. During my interview with Mike Michalowicz, I was amazed to learn that fear drove him towards his success. It was the fear of living in a retirement home for the rest of his life that motivated him to be successful. It was that fear that resulted in three multimillion dollar businesses, two bestselling books, and one book coming out soon.
What do you think are your weaknesses? How can you turn them into your strengths and fuel for your motivation?