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The Fear of Failure and Success

Title: What’s holding you back trying to reach the next level in the office – or developing the next stage of your career?

The “Fear of Failure” is easy to spot. It’s easy to spot, because the fear gets in the way and you never get started. It’s called procrastination. So, if you never get started, you never have to answer for failing at something.

There may be issues and items, and circumstances that get in the way of you accomplishing your goal. These issues and items conveniently pop up and victimize you, don’t they? So when circumstances arise and you feel like your life is being forcefully guided by them, remember that circumstances don’t make the man … they reveal him.

It plays on circumstances. It goes like this … if it weren’t for the economy, or the kid’s college fund, or the fact that new patient numbers are down … if it weren’t for all of these things, you’d be better off and you wouldn’t have to complain!
The “Fear of Success” is less understood. Fear of success plays on self-deception, and self-sabotage. You actually know that you can do the work and be successful at it, and you’re not afraid of failing at your goal.

What you’re afraid of … is what it’s going to take to stay at that new level. It takes more and better leadership. It takes more and sustained energy. It takes a better and quicker delegation. It takes trained and motivated staff (like a team). It takes more and better systems. It takes … more of what you don’t have.

And here’s what I hear you saying. “It just seems easier to stay at the level I am right now. It’s pretty good. I mean, it’s not too bad.”

But, when you follow someone who’s done it (and done it well), you can see the solution to your problems in their insights/words/actions. And you come away saying “I like what I see. I can do this!”

So the path might be lightly treaded (less travelled), but the rewards for your persistence and consistency are nothing short of astounding!

Solution for “Fear of Failure” – get up and do it (even if you hate doing it). A successful person fails a lot. Losers seem to fail once.

Solution for “Fear of Success” – get up and do it with someone who will guide the way for you.



Peter S. Evans, MS, DDS, MAGD


Protect your practice and your lifestyle by adding a profitable and healthy BioCompatible dental care component without turning your practice upside down. Call, click or come by. 757-220-1848, , Williamsburg, VA.


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