The Benefit of Fear

You need fear.

You need fear like Superman needed Lex Luther. Or like you need a steep downhill descent at the end of a long run.

That is how much you need fear. It is vital to life, to finding your calling.

Benefit of Fear

What Fear Tells Us

In his bestseller, War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes,

…fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.

He goes on to say that,

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. (emphasis mine)

Important work scares you. Important work invokes fear. Important work calls out to fear and says, “hey, something amazing is about to happen, you’d better come stop it.”

The thing you have to do (your calling) will always be opposed. It will always stretch you. Fear will tell you that you are not qualified. It will tell you that you don’t have enough experience, training or knowledge. It will tell you that you will be uncomfortable.

It will tell you that you will fail.