Are You Unknowingly Afraid of Success?

Is there anything scarier than success? Yes, trillions of things. Yet some people still manage to be intimidated by the prospect of it. In an article for 99U, Mark McGuiness explains three ways that people are afraid of it and how to deal with them.

First, there is the fear of not coping with success, in that people are entering a brand new, alien situation. However, as McGuiness points out, “If you’ve been resourceful enough to keep yourself going during the tough times, you’ll probably be able to do the same with the good times.” The second fear is a fear of selling out—losing sight of one’s values as financial success grows. McGuiness says people should make an actual list that draws the line of what they consider selling out, and then just stick to it. There is no need to worry about other people’s snide criticisms.

Related to the second fear, the final fear is that of becoming another person entirely as a result of success. But this is unlikely to happen. Success mostly just enables a person’s personality and thinking to grow in directions it likely wanted to go anyway. Success is about addition rather than subtraction.

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