Working with changemakers and thought leaders from around the world initially scared Lara Galinsky, the Vice President of Echoing Green, who began her career with the organization as a volunteer judge on the fellowship committee. On Harvard Business Review, she talks about how she tackled her fears instead of walking away:
I left the two days of interviews feeling deeply inspired but I also walked away — just as I walked in — with an emotional swirl of embarrassment and inadequacy. In comparison to the potential fellows and the other judges, I felt small. They were poised to make an enormous difference in the world.
And, there it was: the fear. I was afraid of not being smart enough, or experienced enough, or capable of making a real difference.
Immediately, I could hear my mother’s voice: Fear means go.
How do you tackle your fears as you work for social change?