“I’m not scared of anything.” These are the words that came out of the mouth of a prominent media executive I heard interviewed on a recent podcast. And this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this line murmured at some from the most senior ranks of organizations with whom I’ve had the chance to work.
Let me just be as blunt as I can — I don’t believe they’re “not scared of anything.”
Not scared of the uncontrollable forces that surround our very existence? Not scared of personal health impacts that can arise at any moment for your family, your friends, or your colleagues? Not scared of bad judgment by others that could reflect on you?
Really? Fear never crossed your path?
It’s human to be scared. It’s human to experience fear. To pretend you don’t experience fear is simply not possible.
The question really sits with how we all manage that fear and whether or not it stifles us or makes us grow. Everyone manages fear differently — but let’s not pretend we don’t have it.
It’s one thing to not be true to yourself; it’s another to not be true to young talent looking up for leadership advice. Defying biology by believing fear isn’t a life obstacle is beyond silly and, at the same time, irresponsible.