The Utility of Fear

[This is an original thought-piece by the author]


This is a great piece that deconstructs the architecture of fear. To him, the end game is freedom, and elimination of fear is freedom.

The foundation of fear is rather simple. Fear breeds from unfamiliarity, time and bad experiences. Emphasis on unfamiliarity. In simple terms, you fear what you don't know.

In the trinity of knowns & unknowns, fear is known-unknown. And that's a good news, turning known-unknown into known-known is easier than tackling what you don't know you don't know.

I think I have a better idea than eliminating to freedomhood.

Fear, it turns out, is an ingredient of flow.

If what you do scares you, it takes up 100% of your attention. Think of the first time you drive. Once your skills level up, you no longer give it full attention, and it stops scaring you.

Make that fear an asset.

Fear is an opportunity to level up. The chances of getting hurt is overrated.

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. source

But knowing is half the battle

Embracing the fear is not difficult, once you made up your mind about it. The hard part my friend, is catching yourself at fear.

It's hard to catch because fear skillfully disguises itself as excuses, often with your help. Excuses translate into inaction, not the wait-and-see kind, but the kind that stops you dead in your track like a blue screen of death.

At this point you become your worst enemy.

Shut yourself up, focus and do it. Make errors, debug and correct. Ready fire aim is your only way out.

We're better at doing than thinking. Nassim Taleb, Antifragile