The No. 1 Thing That Kills Our Chances of Success

overcome fear for success
Try as many new things as you can, and learn about who you are and what you're capable of along the way.

The No. 1 Thing That Kills Our Chances of Success

overcome fear for success

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Fear kills our chances of success!


Have you tried anything new or done anything different lately?

We grow wiser as we age, which also means we’re less open to new things.


New => Risk => Loss. Do you think this way?

When was the last time you were excited about an adventure or an experiment? 

If you have children of your own or know children you care about, you’ll often find them excited over ‘risky’ ideas. They do not examine everything with a critical eye. They’re eager to jump in ‘dangerous’ situations without worrying about how much they could lose. In other words, they see opportunities, not risks.  

When you face a new challenge, what is the first thing that comes to mind, an opportunity, or a risk?



If you’re prone to risk-aversion, you see risks in everything testing your limits. By protecting yourself from losing, you eliminate the possibilities of a better self.


If you welcome risks, you see opportunities in everything new and take action toward a better life. Yes, you’ll probably fail before you succeed. But hey, learning from failures is vital to our growth. And your children’s growth. 


Don’t take away the opportunity for your children to learn from failures. No one can predict the future. Your job is to prepare them for the challenges in life, so they’re ready when opportunities arise. 


Some parents told me their children would have better opportunities if they attended the Ivy Leagues. They’re willing to pay for the exuberant tuition for their children’s success. 


Many people went to Harvard at the same time as Mark Zuckerberg. How many of them recognize the potential of Facebook during those early years?


Train your children to be open to new things, in fact, try out as many new things as they can, so they’ll come to understand who they are and what they’re good at. They’ll be skilled enough to recognize or even create opportunities wherever they go.  

overcome fear for success

It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Don’t feed their minds with all the worst-case scenarios in life, so they grow up worrying about risks and failure. Rather than taking action toward pleasure, they spent their whole life running away from pain.


Teach your children how to analyze risk/benefit ratio, and take calculated risks, so they’re always ahead of the general public who spent the most energy worrying and waiting. 


If you have trouble doing that yourself, start trying a new thing this year and think about how you can adapt to a new way of thinking. 


Children mightn’t be the best listeners, they’re great imitators. Your choices make a huge difference in their future success. Think about that. 


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Dr. Ivy Ge

Dr. Ivy Ge

Doctor of Pharmacy, author of The Art of Good Enough. She writes to inspire women to design their own fate. Her writings and interviews have been featured on MSNBC, Thrive Global, Working Mother magazine, Parentology, and The Times of India.

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