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5 People Who Were Scared To Try Something, But Did It Anyway!

Afraid To Do Something? Do It Anyway!

Fear is a crazy thing. Sometimes, it makes it almost impossible to go after your dreams, but once you move past it, it doesn’t seem as big anymore.

For instance, you may have gotten an interview for a dream job, but you may be afraid to go in for that interview. So afraid, in fact, that you think about cancelling the interview and forgetting the whole dream. Your fear tells you that you may act stupid, not be worthy, or be rejected. But if you do go in for that interview, the fear will be an obvious over-exaggeration – even if you do get rejected.

Fear Can Live Everywhere

It’s not just the big things that we can be fearful of doing. It’s the little things too.

I have always had a fear of talking to people on the phone. I’m scared I’m going to say something stupid or offend someone, and I would much rather type an email or message than pick up a phone. Sometimes that fear has held me back from talking to important people. I looked that up, and apparently it is called Telephonophobia.

I often get my husband to make important calls, but if I can’t, I will pick up the phone and face my fear. I do it anyways. And, it is NEVER as horrible as I think it is going to be.

Taking the plunge into fear always works out in the end.

Following are 5 examples of people who were also afraid, but did it anyway.

Q. What’s one activity that you were scared to try, but did it anyway?

A. Cendrine Marrouat (Social media coach, blogger, curator, and author)

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I am an introvert and very shy. So, group conversations are hard for me, especially since English is not my mother tongue.

When I became a social media professional, I knew the job would involve workshops, speeches, and conferences. During my first year, the couple of days before the events were nerve-racking and almost sleepless. But over time, things have gotten better.

That’s because I have learnt to be less hard on myself and enjoy the moment. And people have been supportive and encouraging too. 🙂

A. socialwebcafe (Social Strategist)

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This particular activity sounds silly, looking back at it now, but at the time it was scary.  It also goes to show that it is never too early to learn skills that will help us in our future endeavors and businesses.

When I was about ten or so, my mother wanted me to call the pharmacy and check to see if her prescription was ready.  This was before any HIPAA compliance or anything.  I was terrified about what I would say.  Even then, I had no problem on stage, singing in front of hundreds of people, but a simple outgoing phone call was scary.  She was not the type to sympathize or empathize and long story short, I did it and I lived 🙂

A. Stephanie (Solo Traveler and Travel Consultant)

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I had the classic dilemma of the solo traveler: the fear of the first time against the call of Asia!

Before my first trip in Indonesia I hadn’t so much solo travel experience. My first time was by random, as my travel companion have decided not to go after his girlfriend left him.

I had my vacation, and really wanted to go to Indonesia. But it was my first time outside Europe, and alone. I was really terrified!

I bought the flight ticket and searched some other French people who were in Indonesia at the same time. I contacted them, had their email address, phone number. So I knew I could join some of them if something was wrong.

A. Laura K. Lawless (Creator of LawlessFrench.com)

I spent 15 years writing about French for a large network of websites. It was easy to just stay there, year after year, because (1) I was already there and (2) they handled all of the technical aspects of the site. I was afraid to quit and go out on my own.

A. Phil Turner (The 5 Currencies Guy)

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My first introduction to dragonboat paddling was on a January evening with snow and hail lashing us. I didn’t know what I was in for and was scared silly paddling a 40ft canoe just 6inches above the choppy water of the dock at Liverpool, England.

Q. How do you feel about it now?

A. Cendrine Marrouat (Social media coach, blogger, curator, and author)

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Fear is the reason why 99% of people have jobs and not careers, and don’t enjoy life to the fullest.

Had I let fear lead the way, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And where I am today is wonderful. I make a full-time living doing what I love: blogging, content curation, and social media.

A. socialwebcafe (Social Strategist)

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Of course, now, I have no problem making outgoing phone calls.  In my climb to the top of the corporate ladder, I had to be able to do this.  It was also a requirement to make those “difficult” outgoing calls when I arrived at the top of the ladder as Chief Technology Officer in the financial industry.  Now, looking back, although I was irritated (dare I say angry?) at my mother at the time, I am actually glad that she pushed me.  Business just wouldn’t be the same without the simple skill of making outgoing calls.

A. Laura K. Lawless (Creator of LawlessFrench.com)

Now I’m so happy I did it: I have full control over my content and site design, and any successes (and failures) are all mine.

A. Stephanie (Solo Traveler and Travel Consultant)

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It was good for me to know I could count on other people, but actually I met only one of them, as my first solo trip was just perfect!

She was French woman living in the USA. We met a few days after my arrival and as we liked the same things and had the same plans, we stayed together for my whole trip.

I balanced my two kinds of trips: with a friend/solo. And the choice was clear: solo traveler was for me, as I could stay alone with locals or decide to spend a few days with another traveler. This is total freedom!

Since this first trip, I’ve been to Asia twice a year. My second trip was even in China. I don’t speak Chinese, but I feel like at home there.

Our fears are our worse enemies. It’s normal to be afraid of unknown things, but it’s so rewarding to overcome it!!!

A. Phil Turner (The 5 Currencies Guy)

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I love dragonboat paddling. I love paddling in races because of the team spirit and the adrenaline buzz when you win.

Face Your Fears!

In the end, you may be scared to try something, but the result will likely be worth the effort of pushing past that fear. Usually it is the things we fear doing that have the most beneficial results for our life. The truth is that it never works out as bad as the fear tells you it will, so take it from me and everyone else who has ‘just done it!’ – If you are scared to try something – do it anyway!

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14 thoughts on “5 People Who Were Scared To Try Something, But Did It Anyway!”

  1. A few years ago, I was very sad about one thing I haven’t done because of my fear. But today, I know that my life would have been totally different and I won’t be the same intrepid solo traveller that I am 😀

    1. Like I said to Phil, I know regret personally. I always try to remind myself how I will feel a month or years down the road if I don’t move past my fear and just do it.

      You are a woman after my own heart! I love to travel and (if my husband can’t come) I enjoy doing it alone. Like you said – freedom – it’s about what you want to do, on your schedule.

    1. Thanks for being a part of the interview Cendrine.

      I really like what you said about fear causing people to have jobs and not careers. I know a lot of people in a job that they hate who are too scared to pursue their dreams. Jobs can get comfortable, but doing what you love is so much more rewarding.

  2. This is such a relevant post! Fear is that troll that stops us at the gate. We all have to face him, and these stories are great! As Cendrine said, “Fear is the reason why 99% of people have jobs and not careers, and don’t enjoy life to the fullest.” Oh, so true. And tragic!
    Seeing how others faced their fears is so inspiring. Thank you, Kari!

    1. Fear definitely limits our life. We need to overcome fear to achieve something in life. Overcoming fear makes us feel confident about ourselves. Many people have different types of fear. It’s really good that many people have tried overcoming their fear and aimed at becoming more confident.

  3. fear is bad and also good it teaches good things and limit us to work for success in area to enhance the success rate, without fear success rate might be low.. but its also great to having no fear .. nice article 🙂

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