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The language of fear

Profile photo of James Submitted by James September 16, 2013 Website: www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com

I learned a new phrase the other day.

I was writing an answer on Quora about how to turn a blog into business, and I wrote:

First, let me say that I think there should be a word to describe industries where people who have spent years doing it try to dissuade everyone else from getting in the industry because they know how horrible it really is. For example, musicians, lawyers, and authors will all tell you, straight up, “Dude, this sucks. Do something else. Anything else. But for the love of god, not this.”

For 99% of people, starting a blog is a terrible way to make money. You might as well take your money, shred it, spend a year sewing it back together by hand, and then light it on fire. You will still have saved time and heartache.

Interestingly, a commenter told me to look up “entry deterrence” and I learned that, indeed, my home-grown rant has actual academic backing.

I was thinking about an interesting chat with a friend a while back. He wanted to start a business, so he took me out to coffee to ask a few questions. See if you can guess where the conversation went…


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    Remember, they don’t feel their fears are irrational. To them, these are perfectly logical and reasonable concerns. But these untested fears are paralyzing them from taking action. And the language they use allows them to continue being paralyzed (“I think I should wait until I get a website” = “It has to be perfect or the world will laugh at me”).

    Well, you cannot do any is you have this so called FEAR! You must overcome that! Because, Fear is the mind-killer and The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

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    I have lots. For one, I play the piano, but I always have this fear of playing in front of other people other than my family thinking that I might fail.

    And yes, although this isn’t related to making money online or anything that’s connected to that, I have learned the language of fear since I was young and articulated words that have fear coated all over it.

    I do hope to get over it.

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