3 April 2015
Last month Sir Richard Branson wrote an interesting blog about fear, saying, “A touch of the jitters sharpens the mind, gets the adrenaline flowing and helps you to focus.”
When it comes to public speaking or appearing on camera, I have to agree. Having that nervous sensation helps to keep you on your toes. It keeps you agile and articulate, focusing all of your energy into the job at hand.
However, I think it’s also worth pointing out that fear can be harmful too. I am a great believer in pushing boundaries however I think it needs to be done in small steps.
Building up experience and practicing is the best way to overcome situations where you might ordinarily be nervous. This way you can learn techniques and develop your skills before being thrown off a high diving board into a very deep pool.
Richard is living proof that the human mind can overcome all types of fears and he does it by looking at life as an adventure. By embracing everything that is put in front of him, he sees a challenge as an opportunity to experience something new. It’s a great lesson for aspiring entrepreneurs not to be deterred by anything that stands in your way.
It’s a philosophy I adopted over the last few years and it’s certainly helped me develop and learn new skills.