The Man on the Train: How to Use Fear to Fuel your Fire

To the man on the train that day, thank you. Usually when someone starts yelling on the subway, I turn the volume on my headphones up to drain out the noise. When I first saw you, I did my normal head down, volume up routine. I gave a quick side-glance just because I was curious.

You didn’t resemble the average subway pan-handler. You stood there with a hopeful look on your face and a stack of books in your hand.

Slowly, I lifted my head up, turned my volume down and reached for a book.

All I could feel was a sense of amazement. WOW – here I was stressed out over how I would ever sell a book once I got around to writing it and here is this man who just said, “Screw it, I’ll find a way.”

I was so caught up with the logistics that I never even sat down to write it. I had every chapter planned out, but was too concerned with followers, likes and comments. Don’t get me wrong, that is all very important, but I lost sight of the joy writing brings me. Too stressed over the idea of failing, I let doubt lead me instead of confidence.

He knew what he wanted and was not stopping until it was his. He didn’t let fear of failure or lack of resources keep him from chasing his dream.

Wanting something so bad but thinking you’ll never get it is the way most people thing, until you see someone doing legit EVERYTHING it takes to make their dreams come true.

Talk about motivation!

Contemplating the journey is what maximizes fear. You see the end of the journey, but the path looks scary and unchartered, so you stray away.

Until finally, one day, you decide to get your toes wet you attempt to take on this intimidating path one step at a time.

It all begins with one plan of action. When there is a hill or rabbit hole, you accept it as part of the journey but you never stop.

Regardless of how much drive an individual has or how strong they are, everyone has a weakness. Everyone has fear built into them. What matters is how you handle that fear. Do you let it consume your mind and your thoughts or do you persevere and use fear as fuel to light your fire?

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