Be Career Fearless: 7 Tips From Intrepid Entrepreneurs

career fearlessEveryone has a fear: heights, spiders, the ground opening up and swallowing you whole. (OK, maybe that's just me.)

But fears at work can be particularly debilitating. What if I fail? What if I’m not good enough? What if the ground opens up and swallows my cubicle whole?

Letting fear get the best of you at your job can keep you from getting the recognition that you deserve—whether it hinders you from nabbing a promotion or stops you from applying for more challenging positions.

So what’s a timid (yet ambitious) person to do? We talked to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and other go-getter titans at the top to hear about the take charge moves that got them ahead in their careers.

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  • James Bradley

    Great article, #Colleen Oakley. The examples speak to over-coming the real “show-stopper” — fear. For many people, not all certainly not all, fear of loss is [sometimes] a greater motivator than the potential of gain. Asking for help – fear of inadequacy (perhaps). Fear to show passion – others won’t take me seriously…. and on. I meet many individuals who want to try the entrepreneurial space. It is not a lack of time, not a viable product of service, not even money (start-up). Fear sometimes (not prudence) is the holdup. I like the Eleanor Roosevelt quote to her husband when he was afraid to lose if he ran for President: “Then don’t”. “What?!? Don’t try?” (FDR). “No – don’t fail”. (Lady Eleanor).

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