The Artist Who Slayed A Dragon
Successful people know that fear is a moment where you have an opportunity to advance. When people are hit with fear they tend to retreat by not taking action. In my book The 10X Rule, I make the claim that all your success is determined not by intelligence, timing, management or leadership but by your ability to take action despite fear.
My friend Roddy Chong talked about this at 10XGrowthCon 2017. He is a violinist known for his multiple world tours with Shania Twain and Celine Dion. He told the story of when he and some of his college buddies went to some cliffs with a river underneath.
Here are Roddy’s own words about this experience:
“My friend Todd ran and jumped off the cliff and everyone went, everyone just didn’t think. They just ran and jumped, and even the dorkiest guy in my group ran and went. But I couldn’t move. I was paralyzed by fear and in that moment, I had a very brainy, clever thought.
Now brainy, clever thoughts may not always be good because you might be totally in your head coming up with some smart excuse. I grabbed everyone’s camera and I said, “I’m gonna walk down the side of this and take everyone’s pictures.” You know, so I could be useful.
My friends were having a good time running and jumping while I was walking down the side of the cliff—and the problem was every step I took, I felt my dignity shrinking.”
What Roddy experienced is something we all have at some point in our life, it’s called a retreat.
How often have you felt like Roddy did as he walked down the side of the cliff, slowly retreating from something you know you should tackle? This thing called fear causes millions of people to end up stuck in their lives, not fulfilling their potential.
The only thing that I have found to handle my fears has been to take action and move in the direction of the fear. Retreating never helps diminish your fears, it only makes them grow. Without exception, not one thing I’ve been scared about has been as threatening as I had imagined it to be once I faced it.
Your success or lack thereof is all tied up in how you handle fear. Do you learn of an opportunity and then list reasons why you can’t pursue it? When you use fear as fuel, you become strong, clear and driven. You start to look for things that make you scared.
Here’s how to start facing your fears:
- Write a list of your goals.
- Then write a list of what you fear.
You’ll then see on paper, right there in your handwriting, how your fears are the walls between you and your goals. Assume all responsibility for why you are not moving forward. It’s fear! You’re being faked out by it. Do you want more money, more freedom, and more goodness in your life? Face your fear. Get the sledgehammer and start hammering at them one at a time.
Jump off that cliff if you need to. When you do what you fear, you’ll notice opportunity coming your way… and why?
When you can handle the fear, you can handle success.
More wins start to come for every brave step forward you take.
Back to Roddy Chong… who eventually jumped:
“The cliff was so high up that we left our shoes on, so we wouldn’t spank the bottom of our feet on the water. That was a day I went from being a boy to becoming a man. I did it over and over to make sure that I had really slain that dragon. 10Xing isn’t just for Ferraris, watches, and helicopters. 10Xing is for building character, especially courage and discipline. By conquering this fear at a young age, I was given permission to go for it because I had thoughts and dreams of wanting to become a performing artist of some kind.”
If you demand success you must go out when it is scary.
Successful people do whatever it takes no matter the risk. I am not talking about being careless or unethical, I am talking about being fearless. Fear is best used as an indicator of what you should do. Go where others refuse to go and do what they refuse to do until people admire you for it.
Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, Entrepreneur.com, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.