How to Overcome Fear of Starting Out


by Calvin K. Lee, MBA, CPA | Category: Inspirational Life


In this article:

  • Practical advice on how to overcome fear

  • Videos on how to overcome fear (TED Talk video with 400,000 views and another video with over 2,300,000 views)

  • 2 books recommendation written by me on overcoming fear

  • Encouraging quotes you can Tweet with Twitter

We all have fears. Fear is designed to be a mechanism to protect us. It prevents us from doing dangerous things that harm our physical or mental being. However, if we let fear drive our lives, we live miserable lives.


If we let fear drive our lives, we live miserable lives. [Tweet this]


Here are some common examples of fear:

  • Fear of what other people think of us

  • Fear of the unknown

  • Fear of failure

TED TALK VIDEO ON OVERCOME FEAR (over 400,000 views)

Many people are driven by fear. They go to work because they fear being fired. They do something their spouse tells them to because they fear an argument. They conform to society because they fear being laughed at or ridiculed.

If you want to live a true life, you need to overcome your fears.

If you want to live a true life, you need to overcome your fears. [Tweet this]


Today I want to talk about fear of starting out, fear of starting something new. The human mind likes comfort, it relishes in familiarity. It doesn’t like to step out of its comfort zone.

What this means is that if we let our unconscious mind take over, we let fear control our lives. You need to consciously make a decision to overcome that fear, which is not an easy task especially if you’ve been living a life in fear for a long time.

Fortunately, it is possible to break out of that fear prison. In fact, it gets easier each time you step out of fear.

Here’s an analogy. If you’re overweight and haven’t done exercise in years, when you start exercising with the goal of getting fit it’s going to take a lot of effort upfront.

However, once you start getting into shape, it gets easier and easier to exercise.

  • Your breathing becomes more natural

  • Your muscles respond faster

  • You have more self-confidence.

VIDEO: HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR (2,300,000 views)

Overcoming fear is the same. Once you get into the habit of ignoring your fear and stepping out of your comfort zone,

  • You will have experience to draw upon overcoming fear

  • You will draw upon previous confidence that you can overcome fear again

  • You can build upon previous success against fear

I speak from experience. I am a person who has repeatedly overcome fear and as a result lived an extraordinary life, which I discussed in my book

In this book I talk about

1. How do I step out of my comfort zone?

2. What are you thinking?

3. Be yourself

4. Know yourself

5. Don’t let other people run your life

6. Set a SMART goal

7. Take risks!

8. Who do you want as friends?

Chapters 1 and 7 focuses on taking yourself out of your comfort zone and taking risks.

I have also written a short book that you can read in one sitting about acting before fear takes over, which is extremely effective against fear:

In my book “LEAP before you THINK” I provide many examples from my own life in how I overcame fear. Many people admire what I have done, and even I’m surprised myself at the things I have done, such as leaving my home country to study MBA for a year in a foreign country.

Did I have fear? Of course!

Did I let fear control me? No.

If you want to do something, you must act before you think too much and give yourself too many reasons not to do it. That is the premise of my book “LEAP Before You THINK”. If you want to be successful in your life, LEAP before you THINK too much.

It has worked for me, I encourage you to try it.

How do you overcome fear? Let me know in a comment below.

>>Get the recommended books on Amazon, and overcome your fear today!


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Calvin K. Lee, MBA, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois) is a leadership coach, website owner and tech enthusiast. He’s interested in leadership coaching, website building and creation, how to get the most out of a website by using SEO and social media, graphics design, and more. He can be found on Twitter @calvinklee2010 and YouTube Channel:



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