While many of us might agree to that, very few actually take actions against our fears… Today I wish to tell you otherwise. “Fear” just might not be our enemy, but rather a friend; a friend who can help us at the lowest of our lows. I, for one, fear many things. I fear that I will graduate with a low GPA, I fear that one day I will have no money in my bank account, I fear that I will disappoint the people who have put all their hope in me. However, fear has become my single most powerful force driving me towards my goals.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get an offer with the big 4 this year September; it was probably the most difficult time I had to live through. The despair and bitterness that was brought upon me was tremendous and I would never want to be in that situation again. This experience inspired me, but it also scares me. That is the reason why I work so hard to keep my grades up… it’s the reason why I regained my confidence to continue seeking a great career, because I am scared of living a dull and lowly life… it's the reason why I will do everything to get what I want because I am scared to suffer in the pain that failure brings.
If we can see our greatest fears from a different perspective, we could be surprised to find out that they might not work against us, but rather help us to move forward. Take advantage of our fears and let them motivate us. Let fear be the nightmare that wakes us up when we are feeling lazy; let fear show us that the world outside is not easy, for only hard work and determination will allow us to sleep peacefully every night, knowing that the next morning when we wake up, what awaits is not failure, but a step closer to success.
- Mark Jiao (CPPA Mentee)