Is FOTU holding you back?

If you don’t know, that’s Fear Of The Unknown (FOTU) and it’s a very real thing.

What if we told you, you could save time, money, and stress through one easy step? You probably wouldn’t believe us, right? That’s because if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. But what about the things that actually are what they say they are? We always think there’s a catch. As Daniel Kahneman writes in Thinking, Fast and Slow, the risk normally seems bigger than the reward so we don’t gamble.

Is fear of failure holding you back?

But what if we did? Bill Gates was two years in to Harvard when he decided to drop out. Think of the time and effort he put in to getting in to that position only to quit. It would have been easy to stay, but he knew it wasn’t where he needed to be. Dropping out was a big risk but it was one that massively paid off. The most successful people in the world all got to where they are through taking a risk. Whether it was trying something new, believing in their ability or, like Gates, quitting a sure thing, taking a risk has only helped them.

Think of the last time you didn’t take a risk because of FOTU. Do you regret not taking the chance? Think about why you hesitated when others didn’t. Was it because of money? The opinion of others? Family? Whatever the reason, that pause cost you the opportunity to try something new and potentially achieve even more success.

So, #BeMoreBill , take more risks, and open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities!

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