Friday, April 27, 2007

Be Fearless In Business and Life

The cover of this month's Selling Power Magazine features political pundit and super-blogger Arianna Huffington with the blazing headline "Have No Fear!". Huffington released her 11th book late last year; On Becoming Love, Work, and Life (Little, Brown and Co, 2006) and the magazine does a great job of interviewing this controversial lady.

It is a short article, but it made me cool to be FEARLESS. Not stupid, but fearless!!! If not frightened by the prospect of failure, we would attempt many more cool things.

Huffington has had an eclectic life lived out in the public eyes. Her high-profile switch from the Republican Party to the Democrat Party (causing folks on both sides to hate and mistrust her) and her dramatic loss in the 2003 California Gubernatorial race would have caused a lesser person to go into hiding. Instead she launched a political blog. The Huffington Post (whose early critics said would flop), that in three years has grown into one of the most powerful politically left blogs on the internet. While she bloviates for the liberals, she actually criticizes players from both parties (and God knows that all the clowns in Washington DC are worthy of critisism!!!).

By being fearless, Huffington has attempted much in her career. Sometimes her efforts lead to massive failures....but she also has racked up amazing successes. That is the lesson....never, never give up and keep trying until you hit the big time. Don't be scared of failure.

Have A Great Day.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My pastor has said more than once "The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is fear". Thom, I really like what you said:

If not frightened by the prospect of failure, we would attempt many more cool things.

That's me. There are a number of cool things I would like to see happen. But I am so afraid it will not work, yeah, it will be a disaster, that I make no attempt to be a part of making those things happen.

Jesus asked his friends one day after a severe crisis "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Faith is what has allowed a few to achieve great things the rest of us were afraid would never work.