What fears are holding you back from changing the world?


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.

Read the rest of her advice here.

How do you tackle your fears as you work for social change?

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  1. Thanks, Ms. Jones, for this.

    It’s true: Fear can be an impediment to doing the right things. Nagging self-doubt…a monster in most of our otherwise-well-stocked utility closets, can rear its head and stop us right in our tracks.

    It’s okay to be afraid. I’ve learned that.
    Sometimes, fear is good, too. Reasonable caution is not without its resourcefulness!

    But when it becomes primary obstacle, the only thing to do to make it move, is…well, us making a move. Acting.

    “Fear Means Go.” Wow! I’m so going to use that, in my own life, and share it with others as appropriate. What a great Mom! And goody for you, for paying attention to her, and sharing with the rest of us.

    As a Peer Specialist, your advice resounds with me. Thanks so much!

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