How to Overcome Fear

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Posted by Linda Locke on April 18, 2005 at 10:11:49:

How to Overcome Fear
by Dr. Joe Vitale

I'm in Chicago attending a Dan Kennedy event.
At the first break a young man stops me, saying he
is one of my subscribers and a big fan. I'm flattered.
We talk. During the brief conversation, he confesses
that fear is what stops him from achieving anything.

Interesting. Just that very morning I had breakfast
with Paul Hartunian, famous publicity expert, when
he told me, "There is no such thing as fear."

"There isn't?" I asked Paul.

"No. You are born with only two fears," Paul explained.
"The fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. You lose
those early on. Any other fears are created by you. They
aren't real."

"How do you get rid of fear?"

"Stop it."

"Stop it?"

"Just stop it," Paul said. "Say you have a fear of
bridges. If I put one million dollars in cash on the other
side and said you could have it if you walked across
the bridge, nude, in front of a crowd of people, you'd
do it. Why? Because the reward is greater than the
pain. Make the rewards greater and the fears will

I told the young man before me the same thing. I then
went on to add that most people in business have a fear
of success, or a fear of failure.

"I was just in a seminar with Ted Nicholas," I went on.
"Ted said he had failed many times, and what he learned
is that nothing bad ever happens to you when you fail.
Instead, you get life's greatest lessons."

Of course, Ted is known as the four billion dollar man
because he is now a legend in direct marketing.

"As for the fear of success," I told my new friend in
Chicago, "what I've learned is that the more successful
I am, the more I can help myself, my family, and the

In the last week alone I had made contributions to
a new children's foundation dedicated to helping
babies suffering from a stroke at birth, and I made
donations to Paul Hartunian's dog rescue work.

"Success enables me to help myself as well as
everyone else," I said. "When you realize the good
you can do as a success, the fear evaporates."

I saw a light come on in the eyes of the fellow
before me. He seemed to get it. He seemed to
realize that fear was stopping him, but that he
was the one creating it, so he could be the one
to let it go.

As Dan Kennedy said in Chicago, "There is no limit
to the money available. The pie is infinite. It's up to you
to go scoop it up."


Stop it.

You've got a life to live, and people to help.

Go for it.

Dr. Joe Vitale is the author of way too many books
to list here. His latest title is "The Attractor Factor."
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