Use Fear As a Trigger for Your Learning

“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn . . .”

Cheryl, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

I’m not an especially anxious person, but I still experience fear like anyone else. I face new challenges at work, with dating, with finances, with relationships, withe etiquette. I don’t always know what I’m doing.

Fear – compounded by ignorance – can quickly cause me to slow down, or even freeze up. Maybe you’ve been there, too.

But instead of letting our fear be a trigger for freezing up, we could let it be a trigger for going out and learning? Maybe the things we most need to learn about are the things that scare us most?

A lot of us have had our learning so stunted by school that we don’t know how to acquire answers to our most practical problems. We wait, and we fret. Meanwhile, Google is always standing by with answers we could be trying to use and apply in our own situations. It takes some habit, repetition, and skillful searching to build the muscle memory to go to Google, but this is perhaps the value of building triggers.

When you get scared, type that fear into a searchbox (or look it up in a book, etc – the channel doesn’t matter). Learning is often the first step and the most courageous act. Simply beginning the search for knowledge can reduce your feelings of helplessness and set you on the offensive once again.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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