George Addair is quoted as saying: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” As someone who’s pushed my own expectations time and time again, and put myself in risky situations over and over, I couldn’t agree more.
We all feel fear at some point in life, particularly when starting out at something new. Fear is a healthy human emotion, so long as it doesn't cripple other emotions to get in the way of opportunity.
I was participating in a Q&A session in Glasgow with BBC Radio 1 host with Nick Grimshaw, when a young Scottish singer-songwriter Natalie Clark took up the microphone to ask me a great question about fear.
I turned the tables on Natalie and invited her on stage, with an impromptu challenge to sing us a song. Facing her fears with a screw it, let's do it attitude, Natalie wowed everyone with a totally off-the-cuff performance of her beautiful song, 'Weakness'.
Natalie could have easily made an excuse and shied away from the spotlight, but instead she took on the challenge with gusto. I was so inspired by Natalie – she is proof that we should use every opportunity that comes our way as a step towards achieving our dreams.
After our meeting, Nick Grimshaw played her music on the radio, and Natalie went on to seize the biggest opportunity to come her way yet – moving to the US to live and gig in Los Angeles.
Natalie's story can be used as great inspiration for us all. While Natalie was fearful about quitting her job as a primary school teacher and chasing her dream of becoming an artist, she conquered her fear with an 'it's a now or never' approach, and turned an unexpected opportunity into a life-changing experience.
The moral of the story: Don't let fear hold you back from achieving your full potential. Harness it and channel it into passion. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
I'd know I'd rather look back on life and say 'I can't believe I did that' than 'I wish I'd did that'." How about you?
What opportunities have you created for yourself by facing your fears? I’d like to hear about your experience in the comments below.