May 7, 2009

Fear, oh dear

Timothy Egan's "Dear Graduate" essay from the N.Y. Times:
Fear of failure can be a motivator or an inhibitor. The latter is crippling, and ultimately leads to a life of missed opportunities. That’s why Teddy Roosevelt’s most famous dictum, sadly wasted on the French during a speech at the Sorbonne, was praise for the person “who comes up short again and again,” praise for the man “who fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
So it may be true that people have a natural "fear of failure," but does that preclude the possibility of also having a fear of success? I think not. Or is it always fear of failure that masks itself as fear of success? Hmm.

On another note, there's no joy quite like the joy of finding a box of baby Portabella mushrooms for only $1.50! Whee!

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