Friday, March 16, 2012

A Best of Barry: Fear the right stuff

In business, it's easy to be afraid of what the customer might think or what the boss might think or how you look to your fellow employees.
But if we need to be fearful of anything (other than fear itself), we need to fear:

Not doing what we believe is right
Not taking complete responsibility or ownership
Not being honest and vulnerable
Not taking action

If we have to feel fear, the other stuff, such as how you look or appear to others, shouldn't even be a thought. Fear the right stuff.

Barry LaBov
LaBov and Beyond
Originally posted 10/30/09


  1. That makes sense, but how do you talk yourself down when you catch yourself worrying about the wrong stuff?

  2. I think you have to think logically and set the emotions aside. And realize that you've been here before and you've succeeded--and you can do it again.
    Hopefully you can put your energy into stuff that really matters--that's what I try to do,
    LaBov & Beyond

  3. I agree with this Barry LaBov blog post. I believe fearing the "right stuff" can actually be a great motivator at work. For instance, employees who "fear" not getting a promotion might try to work harder to get noticed by their managers. Being afraid of the negative consequences that result from breaking company policies can also help keep employees on track and working towards the company's goal. We should not fear what others think of our wardrobe, but rather what our managers think of our productivity throughout the workday.