“Second by second you lose the opportunity to become the person you want to be… when are you going to stop making excuses and take charge of your fucking life?”- Greg Plitt, 1977-2015
We all face fear at one time or another, but behind every fear is the person you really want to be. You have two options: you can face your fears, gain confidence, and continue on the journey to success, or you can run and live with the consequences that flow from that.
Your fears should never hold you back from who you really want to be! The only fear you should have is the fear of regret – that you live your life, get to the end, and look back and see the person you could have been.
Part of the formula for success is facing and overcoming these fears — from minor to incapacitating ones — and knowing that all battles you run from, you could have hit head on and gained confidence, gained momentum, and been a little bit closer.
Internationally acclaimed business expert, author, and keynote speaker Daniel Ally tells us the common fears that people should overcome to be truly successful.
- Fear of being criticised – People are usually afraid of what others will think and say about them. However, there’s a danger in deciding based on the perception of others, including your family and closest friends. It will debilitate you for the rest of your life, warns Ally. If you are someone who doesn’t want to pursue the master’s degree your parents want (and want to start a business instead), ask yourself: will your folks be proud of you if your venture did succeed?
- Fear of being poor – This one’s a crippling thought: being in your mid-20s, paying all the bills with a modest pay, and being constantly in “survival mode.” But don’t settle for mediocrity just because you must survive; focus on thriving, using your remaining resources to follow your dream job or business.
- Fear of aging and dying – Have you quit at life at your present age? It’s a metaphorical death where you settle for a less-than-ideal life simply because you think you cannot figure things out or make them happen. Note, though, that your age is far less important than how much you believe in yourself.
- Fear of failing – It’s natural to wonder about the what-ifs. But things takes on a negative turn once you ask: “What if it doesn’t work? What if it fails?” Do not fall into the trap of asking these wrong questions — focus instead on the many ways to succeed, and how to correct mistakes and learn from them. Learn to fall before you get to the top.
- Fear of looking foolish – Have greater faith in your decision-making ability, writes Ally, urging people to test their capabilities whether in writing, shooting videos, or starting a creative project. “Some of the greatest decisions in the world were fortuitous,” the author adds. History has shown time and again how spontaneously moving away from Plan A could lead to success, so take time finding who you are, what you can do. Go trust your gut, because foolishness lies in not doing anything at all.
These were some of the fears that faced Made Status founder and CEO, Marty, who came from a modest background and taught himself to not just survive, but keep chasing dreams and invest in himself. While in the Army, he had the vision of a dope streetwear label. He realised the only way to do this was head on, to go “all in” and have no plan B.
“It’s not just about creating another clothing brand, as the market is already saturated. This is much deeper than just fashion; this is about legacy, inspiring a generation to go all in. It's for people with ambition,” Marty says in a media feature.
Learn more about the fear-conquering story behind this urban streetwear brand.