“Nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Inaugural Address 4 March 1933
I often criticize Godin for being too focused on the upside without enough attention to the downside and you might think that this post “Avoiding fear by indulging in our fear of fear” a target for such critique. He actually endorses a “Managerial” perspective that embracing downside possibilities (by getting “a will, a health proxy, an insurance policy or an up to date checkup” despite the fear they engender just thinking about what they protect)…
- “We loudly keep track of all the failures of commission around us, but never mention the countless failures of omission, all the mistakes that were made by not being bold. To track those, to remind ourselves of the projects not launched or the investments not made is to encounter our fear of forward motion. (So much easier to count typos than it is to mention the paragraphs never written.) There’s no other reason for not having a will, a health proxy, an insurance policy or an up to date checkup. Apparently, while it’s not risky to plan for our demise, it generates fear, which we associate with risk, and so we avoid it. It’s simple: the fear that used to protect us is now our worst enemy. Easier to avoid the fear than it is to benefit from living with it.”
What I support about this post is his push to fight ‘fear’. ‘Fear’ is an emotional response to downside that the failure embracing side of me does want to minimise. A Manager’s minimisation of downside should not be an emotionally driven approach, but rather one based on as much self-assurance and vision as a Leader pursing a dream.