What happens when you decide to reveal your greatest fear to people around you?
I recently talked to my brother Tri a few days ago and learned a very important lesson. This guy is probably THE most egotistical guy I know, and that’s pretty damn awesome. I learn a ton from him.
Tri mentioned joining VSA on the first day, a Vietnamese social club at UC Berkeley, and told everyone in the room his greatest fear – “feeling [he] wasn’t good enough compared to other Vietnamese kids who were born in America.”
Ahh–the fear of not being good enough. Home sweet home.
“So how did you feel afterward?” I asked him.
He shrugged,“Nothing. Everyone was probably either confused or weirded out but once I said it, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.”
That was it.
From then on, he never felt inferior to them again. All he had to do was admit and publicized it. It must have been harder than he made it out to be, but the real lesson is this:
What would happen if you let go of your greatest fear?
I can think of a few ideas:
2) You have nothing left to hide about yourself.
3) You’re being true to who you are.
If you can apply this principle to any parts of your life, I can guarantee that good things will happen to you. Sure, not everyone is going to love the real you but that’s okay. You’ll find out who will support you in tough times and who won’t. You’ll attract the quality of people who will appreciate you for what you have to offer–your core self.
And here’s a hint: The people who love you most already know your weakest points.
Free yourself and tell your fears.