Why Fear Must Not Stop You From Doing Great Work

Your potential is great, and it’s not meant to stay locked down inside of you; it’s meant to be expressed and shared with others.

You have many “inner” treasures to share with the world. However, the thought of sharing part of you with the world can be daunting; you’re exposing yourself to criticism and rejection. Once produced, your work is out there for anyone to criticize it and comment on it. And this can be nerve-racking.

For fear of being criticized, many people stifle their potential. Of course, they often don’t realize what’s going on. They have many excuses to justify their lack of drive for sharing their gifts with the world. But the truth is that they fear rejection because rejection hurts.

I mean it hurts when you poured your heart into your first book, only to have someone write a vitriolic review about it. It hurts to put yourself on stage to sing and have people complain about the loudness of your voice. It hurts to create a product and hear people say it’s useless.

Anytime you produce great work, expect criticism. And, yes, this can be scary. Once you work is out there, it has a life of its own; some will appreciate your work, some will hate it. That’s just the way it is. The rule is the same for everyone. People don’t all appreciate the same things in the same way.

You can’t control how people react to your work. People will say what they want to say. They’ll do what they want to do. They’ll look at your work and love it, hate it, ignore it, compare it, share it, distort it, celebrate it. Other people’s reactions are out of your hands.

However, you can commit to producing your best work. That’s in your hands. Your responsibility is to tap into your potential and create great work.

Yes, when you share your potential by producing great work, people may react negatively to your work. Produce it anyway. There’ll be people who, not only appreciate your work but are changed by it.

Don’t let fear deprive the world of all the precious treasures you must offer. Produce great work, and while people are talking about it (or not), produce more great work.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.