Make fear a tailwind instead of a headwind

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear,” said George Addair. I caught some of The Defiant Ones recently, which reminded me to make an addition to George’s wise advice.

The Defiant Ones is an entertaining documentary about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre – but it’s also filled with smart lessons for entrepreneurs. Their life stories and escapades are fascinating, but I was especially interested in the way they overcame failure time and time again. Whether it was fall outs with bands or business deals gone wrong, they learned from their mistakes every time – until they eventually created Beats and sold the headphones company to Apple.

Both Iovine and Dre are true original thinkers, who have remarkable talent. But this isn’t solely why they are so successful. It is down to perseverance, seeing obstacles as opportunities, and embracing fear as a fuel for change. One quote from Jimmy stood out for me: “Make fear a tailwind instead of a headwind.” Let fear give you the momentum to move forward – not hold you back.

We all feel fear at various times in our lives, especially when starting out at something new. Fear is a healthy human emotion, so long as you don’t let it get in the way of opportunity. You should never let fear hold you back from achieving your full potential. Harness it and channel it into passion.

It was embracing fear that allowed Jimmy Iovine to go from producing rockers like Bruce Springsteen, to partnering with rappers like Dr. Dre. It’s amazing how often surprising partnerships can yield the most exciting results. So rather than turn down your next opportunity, embrace fear, say yes – and see what happens.


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