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PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times
October 08, 2012
Fear is your own making and it is in your mind only. We are prisoners of a non-existing threat of our own creation. Don't be scared of it; face it and make it disappear. True, it is in human nature to fear and be cautious. But most of the time, fear kills your zeal to take up an initiative for success. Dale Carnegie says fear leads to inaction which in turn breeds doubt and more fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. "If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home just to brood about it. Go out and get busy."

Perhaps Mark Twain has better words, "Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain." So, what you fear most must be your first target of attack.

Success does not come to those who make fear a constant part of their persona. Success goes to them who are fearless and undaunted in the face of failures and challenges. If Gandhi had made fear a part of his character, India would have never got freedom. He was frail and weak but his courage and fearlessness and his feeble cry moved millions inside and outside the country.

And, if Neil Armstrong had been scared of the danger of going to and landing on  moon, he would have never got the proud moment of making his joyous and triumphant cry, " A small step for  a man, a giant leap for mankind."

Any success demands a great desire to eclipse the fear of failure. In the words of Bill Cosby, "your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."

It is not that one will succeed always. That should not stand as a problem. One who can bounce back and then goes to war fully equipped will surely have success in his bag.