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May 30, 2010 / Brent Sears

The Fear of Breaking Things

My older brother Billy just learns things.  Since he was a little kid he just knew the answer, or how to find it, or how to make it work.  I think he was in college and he was splicing wires together for the speakers in his truck and I asked him, How did you learn how to do that?  He shrugged and said,

I’m just not afraid to break things.

That was it!  He taught himself to do it because he had mastered his fear of getting the wrong answer or breaking something.  That takes courage.  Most of the people I know, including myself, are afraid to act because of what might go wrong.  They might do some damage and get criticized for it.  If you think about it, that is what risk is all about.  Being willing to do something that might not turn out the way everyone, most importantly you, want it to.

So go find something that you have been wanted to do but afraid to try.  Start small.

My advice to you though, don’t try a running jump off a plastic milk crate on a blacktop driveway to dunk a basketball.  You might break your wrist.  (That was for you Billy, and it is still funny!)


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