I’m sharing this more for the sake of being able to find it again in future, as I reckon it will do me good to read this letter from time to time. Having just given up on failed studies and a failed career, having settled for what could be called second-best, C.S. Lewis’ Advice to Students When Everything Seems in Ruins seems very apt to me.
On the fear of success
Today I’d like to share with you one of my favourite quotes:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
– Marianne Williamson
I like this quote because it points to an important facet of the human experience: While failing sucks and none of us want to experience it, succeeding is just downright terrifying. I wonder how many of the people who never take any risks isn’t from a fear of failure, but a fear of success. Continue reading “On the fear of success”