The Lighter Side: The Artist And Fear

June 16, 2012

“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” -Steven Pressfield

Question: Does what you’re doing make you fearful?

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  • Reply Michael Wright June 16, 2012 at 6:31 am

    The Idea of going forward with a real business Idea is fearful to me; however thinking of not doing it is fearful as well. I guess one Fear has me running towards something; the other running away from. Maybe Fear is a big word though – I might rather call it (for me) – the Great Uncomfortableness.

    • Reply Ryan Ash June 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

      I totally agree, Michael! Good way to put it.

  • Reply Ann J Musico June 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    It actually does. I can strongly relate to what Michael Wright said – I fear failing to do what I set out to in order to help my family and fulfill God’s call on my life – but sometimes I fear succeeding almost as much. It seems pretty crazy – but it’s the truth.

    • Reply Michael Good June 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Right, Ann. The fear of NOT doing what’s on our hearts can be just as scary as the thing itself. 

  • Reply James Dibben June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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  • Reply Rob Clinton June 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    The fear is definitely there… I feel I’m pressing forward and trying new waters out all the time, and I’ll be honest I do stretch my comfort zone quite a bit, so it’s no easy picnic. However, I’ve learned to leverage it and let it fuel me to push harder. I think fear is a vital component to success.

    • Reply Michael Good June 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Way to use it to your advantage, Rob! Steven Pressfield talks about that in “War of Art.”

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