Success Tweet 47: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

I’m still writing about the ideas in my new career success coach book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less.  I have a little less than 100 more blog posts to go to further explain each of the tweets in Success Tweets.  When I’m finished, you’ll have an in depth discussion on each of the 141 tweets in Success Tweets.  You can get a free copy of the eBook at  Hard copies of the book are available on and your local bookstore.

Today’s career success coach post is on Tweet 47…

Act.  Feel the fear and do it anyways.  That the definition of courage, and a great way to build your self confidence.

I subscribe to Sharon Melnick’s online newsletter.  In a recent post, she made several interesting points about confidence.

Confidence will help you be flexible.  You will consider all alternatives and options.

Confidence will help you follow through on ideas that you might otherwise talk yourself out of.

Confidence will help you be persistent – and hold on you your vision for your life.

She’s right.  Confidence is the foundation of all success.  Without it, you will have a difficult time creating the life and career success you want and deserve.  To build your self confidence, you have to be optimistic, face your fears and act, and surround yourself with positive people.

Fear is a confidence and career success killer.  Elbert Hubbard, the author of “A Message to Garcia” ( one of the best essays on personal responsibility ever written, has some great things to say about facing your fears.

“The greatest mistake you can make is continually fearing that you will make one.”

Read that again.  Those 14 words are powerful!  They are some fundamental career advice.

If you let your fear of making a mistake stop you from taking action, you will never take any action.  Your fear will ruin and any chance of creating the career success you want and deserve.

In 1988 I was ready to start my career success coach and speaking business.  I was afraid.  I was worried that I wouldn’t succeed.   I had always worked for large companies.   I wasn’t sure I knew exactly what to do to run a successful career success coach business. 

Nevertheless, I looked my fear in the eye, quit my job and moved forward.  22 years later, I’m still at it.  My fears were unfounded – but at the time, they were real and could have held me back.  I’m glad I faced them and acted.

Fear is persistent.  It doesn’t go away.  It will wait for one of your weak moments and then it will strike.  If you let it get the best of you, you’ll never move forward nor create the life and career success you want and deserve.

Fear often manifests itself in procrastination.  When I find myself procrastinating, I always ask myself, “What are you afraid of here, Bud?”  Identifying what I fear always help me defeat it.  Once I identify what I am afraid of, I can take positive steps to move forward  — to get past my fear and on to career success.

Make a list of your doubts and fears.  Decide what you can do to overcome them.  Then act.  Take at least one positive action – no matter how small — every day to overcome your doubts and fears.  Even if these actions don’t work out as well as you hope, you will be on the road to overcoming your fears and creating the life and career success you want and deserve.

Remember — procrastination feeds fear; action cures it.  The choice is up to you.  I choose action.  My best career advice says you should too.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  Successful people are self confident.   Self confident people don’t let their fears get in the way of their success.  They follow the career advice in Tweet 47 in Success Tweets.  “Act.  Feel the fear and do it anyway.  That’s the definition of courage, and a great way to build your self confidence.”  Identify your fears, and then do what you need to do to move past them.  Action is the great antidote to fear.  It puts inertia on your side.  Once you are moving forward, you are likely to continue moving forward.  It’s the first step that is the hardest – and scariest.  If you want to beat your fears, you need to take the first step — act, and then keep on going.

That’s my take on the career advice in Tweet 47 in Success Tweets; and on fear and self confidence.  What’s yours?  Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.  Also, please share your personal stories of triumph over fear.  As always, thanks for reading.


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  1. You are so right. If you try to run away from fear it will always be there whenever you turn your head to look. But if you face it head on it simply melts away. I always chuckle at Thomas Edison’s quote “I didnt make mistakes; I just learned 10,000 ways which wouldn’t work”. Changing the terminology in your head from mistakes to learning opportunities is another way which helps to dissipate fear.

  2. Roseanna:
    Thanks for your very thoughtful comment.
    And, you’re right. Reframing ideas and terminology is a great way to help deal with fear.
    Choosing to treat a “failure” as a “learning experience” in your mind is indeed a great way to move forward and do battle with your fears.
    Thanks again for your insight and wsdom.

  3. @Roseanna-I love that Edison quote. If you try, chances are you’ll fail the first couple of times, but if you persevere success becomes imminent.
    @Bud-Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway has helped me so many times in the years since I first read the book by Susan Jeffers. It’s like the famous FDR quote: Nothing to fear but fear itself. Sure fear is an everyday part of life, but it doesn’t have to be the focus. Thanks for the great tweet advice.

  4. Karrie:
    I agree. Thanks for your comment.

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