Fear

Fear. I think there’s lots of this stuff floating around lately.

Personally, I feel that most of our current economic woes can be tied directly to “fear of the unknown” and “fear of the different”. When the politicians in Washington want the economy to recover, they’ll delay making changes that will forever alter society as we know it, until we’re all comfortably back in business (but that is an entirely different post for an entirely different blog).

Fear can be paralyzing and debilitating. In the business world, fear is the enemy. Fear is the one thing that stands between you and your most successful future. That’s it… fear.

The most successful organizations in history were created by people who pushed past the fear, stared down the risk and took a running leap of faith in their own ideas. Google. Microsoft. Nike. Walmart. Even the United States of America. All built by fearless leaders.

What are your fears? What is standing between you and your greatest success? (Hint: It’s not the economy stupid.)

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2 Responses to “Fear”


  1. 1 nung chong April 3, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    A healthy dose of fear is good sometimes as it might steer us+clients away from disastrous projects.
    My biggest fear is the time I spent are not constructive/productive. Architecture is getting harder to do, as we want the clients to trust us with our experience/judgment, but in reality so much are really out of our control. Our attempts to “help” the clients in almost all projects lead to lost of countless un-billable hours.
    All these lost time is one of the main reason for lousy monetary compensation in most architecture firms.

  2. 2 Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP April 7, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Nung; I always say, “sometimes we make more money on the projects we DON’T get.”


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