Opinion: Overcoming your fear will make you famous

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Leonard Kim -

Don’t distract yourself from your end result. Focus on your actions and develop habits to reach your goal. If you make this your everyday focus, you’re on the right path for success.

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Don’t let grass grow Un­der your feet

I have a con­fes­sion to make – I suf­fer from a mal­ady called com­pla­cency. Hav­ing been af­flicted with it for a while, I’ve raved and ranted, held de­tailed dis­cus­sions on the sub­ject with fam­ily, friends and even ac­quain­tances, but it keeps com­ing back (like a bad cold and my ob­ses­sion with all things retro). I guess the rea­son why this con­di­tion is an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of my life’s sound­track is be­cause I haven’t re­ally, ac­tively done any­thing to snap out of it. Why I’m putting this out into the uni­verse (which con­stantly con­spires to give me what I don’t want – sorry, Paulo Coelho, I just don’t buy that fa­mous line of yours from The Al­chemist), is be­cause I need a push. A great big push to get my­self out of a long stag­nant sit­u­a­tion, one that fails to in­spire in any way. I won’t go into fur­ther de­tails but I’m sure some of our read­ers can re­late to my predica­ment – be it in their per­sonal or pro­fes­sional lives. “It’s of your own mak­ing,” ad­vise my well-wish­ers. But this kind of gen­tle chid­ing is not enough – one needs some­one or some­thing that will in­spire you in a ma­jor way, to take that dras­tic plunge, make that big change, what­ever it may be. While brows­ing at the Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair re­cently, a friend de­cided he wanted to check out writer Chetan Bha­gat’s ses­sion dis­cussing his lat­est novel One In­dian Girl. While I do of­ten feel like the ‘gram­mar po­lice’ when con­fronted with Bha­gat’s overtly col­lo­quial writ­ing style, his sto­ry­telling abil­ity is doubt­less to be ad­mired – that spe­cial con­nect with a vast ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic isn’t eas­ily ac­com­plished and the banker-turned-au­thor seems to have hit upon the win­ning for­mula for lit­er­ary suc­cess in In­dia. In re­sponse to an au­di­ence ques­tion over his change of ca­reer, Bha­gat elab­o­rated on how he re­ally wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and was per­sis­tent in his am­bi­tion to be a writer till he reached a point where he didn’t re­ally need the day job any­more. It’s a topic he has touched upon ear­lier on many oc­ca­sions, but some­how lis­ten­ing to him in a live fo­rum was in­spir­ing, en­er­gis­ing, and made im­pos­si­ble dreams seem within reach (I’m sure there were many more peo­ple in that lively au­di­ence that thought so too). His speech wasn’t the big, im­pres­sive push I was an­tic­i­pat­ing, but it did serve to re­mind me of the les­son that hard work, per­sis­tence, and the right at­ti­tude play a big part in trans­form­ing one’s ap­proach to life and goals, and how at some point I have to stop this use­less, an­noy­ing whin­ing, and em­bark on a brand new ad­ven­ture with no fear.

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