Is Fear Good?

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          Well, sort of. There is a good side to fear in that it keeps us out of danger. For example, touching a hot stove causes pain and subsequently fear in a small child. That fear will keep the child from touching the hot surface again. 

         But unwarranted fear may keep us from being persistent in our pursuits. Failure causes pain and subsequently fear develops. That fear keeps us from trying again. It keeps us contained within the domain of the familiar. No more risk-taking in new directions. 

         Failure doesn’t have to cap your future. It ought to be just an indicator to get us more focused and resilient to face future setbacks when they come. Learn to set fear aside. Proceed with passion and move caution out of the forefront and to the side where it belongs. 

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