Book review: Fearless

8 09 2009

Much of America is gripped and controlled by fear — fear of what’s next, letting others down, of not mattering, of failing, of disaster.  This fear drives us to pursue safety and the risk-free life at the expense of our well-being.  We pass this lifestyle on to our children, and studies now indicate that they are more fearful than psychiatric patients 50 years ago.

These are a few of the assertions set forth by Max Lucado in his latest book, Fearless.  Lucado masterfully weaves personal narratives with examples from scripture of people wrestling with (and overcoming) fear.  Throughout, he helps expose the roots of our fears and offers suggestions for managing fear.

I found many of the specific fears he lists to be especially relevant to entrepreneurs (or at least to my experience as an entrepreneur).  Namely, fears about not mattering, letting others down, running out, overwhelming challenges, and worst case scenarios.

In addition to eight worry-stoppers that he recommends, Lucado also offers these thoughts:

Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease.  Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.  Fear never saved a marriage or a business.  Courage did that. Faith did that…Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.  Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

He also encourages his readers to embrace change as part of God’s strategy for them.  I’ve found that to be good advice, because if there’s one constant in life and business, it’s change.

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