WAKE UP!….Fear and Worry are Calling!


It 5am, and of course you are up!  As an entrepreneur these 5am, 4am (or my personal favorite: 2am) wake up call times quickly turn into regular patterns.  The two little demons, “Fear” and “Worry,” are quite happy to push that buzzer for you today.  As an entrepreneur, over time you will develop the stamina to simply use these nasty little wake-up calls as a way to add much needed quiet time back into your very busy day. 

Changing from being driven by Fear and Worry to being THE driving force can be especially difficult at these 5, 4 and 2 hours in the morning.  But Fear and Worry are just like short sighted horse trainers.  These trainers will boast that in order to break a horse you have to run them until they are so tired that they have no other choice but to just “get it.”  The downfall in this training technique is that each time they try to run the horse into the ground, it takes just a minute longer to get the submission they mistake as learning.  In that whole extra minute of running, the body has gotten just a little stronger and the mind has had an entire minute longer to work on the puzzle the trainer has been testing against day in and day out.  Because of this short sighted view after a while the trainers are unable to match the capabilities they have forced out of their horse, and resort to labeling the horse a “rogue.”  At this point, the horse usually sold to an experienced trainer that can harness the power and the intellect properly.

There is a saying in the horse world: “A good horse will always survive a bad trainer.”  As an Entrepreneur, you too will survive and learn to use Fear and

Worry as your own personal short sighted trainers.  Let them run you into the ground everyday.  Be patient with yourself and know everyday you ARE going to fall over one whole minute later then you did the last time. That’s really is OK…BUT ONLY IF YOU GET UP AGAIN TOMORROW!  As Entrepreneurs, it’s all about utilizing that one extra minute to sustain forward momentum and gaining a bit more insight into what needs to be done.

Remember that society only rewards and recognizes people as leaders if and when they have the “hands-on experience” to back up what they say.  Here are just a few successful Entrepreneurs we ALL recognize as leaders in their

respected industries Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary, Arlene Dickinson , Robert Herjavec, and W. Brett Wilson .  As an Entrepreneur you know that all of these individuals, like you, utilized the training Fear and Worry gave them to ensure their own success.

Good Luck Today!!

Rebecca B. Sargeant

The Recruiter’s Career Coach



8 responses to “WAKE UP!….Fear and Worry are Calling!

  1. Interesting take on the personal side of being a business owner.

  2. I love it, Rebecca! Sometimes a down economy is just what we need to sharpen our work ethic and freshen our ingenuity. Many of us grew complacent with short hiring processes and easy placements in the late 90’s, but now, two recessions later, I believe we have learned that the bread-and-butter basics of recruiting are staples of success in our profession.

  3. This is so timely! We know that we can’t let fear or worry paralyze us. Those of us who will survive will let the demons drive us……….then our very own Recruiter Coaches will harness the power and intellect properly! I love the analogy!

  4. Thanks for reminding me what my behavior used to be until I learned that there are just some things I have no control over.I now focus on what I can change and that is myself. A work still in progress.

  5. Laurie DesAutels

    Fear can be such a handicap or a great motivator. My former boss and well respected man with 30+ years in recruiting once said “It takes a certain type of person to make it in our industry”.
    It makes sense 6+ years later.
    I think that sometimes we are our own worst enemy and judge especially after investing into your own business.
    Thanks for writing this article – !

  6. Right on target Rebecca! A good friend and mentor once told me, “you never know what your made of until you’ve fallen down a couple of times”. After a few scrapes, you start to realize that fear and worry are your allies and they spur you on at the most critical times.

    If looked at through the right perspective, the recession could be viewed as one of the best things that happened to us… it helped us get back down to the basics, which reminded us of why we fell in love with this wonderful industry to begin with… 🙂

  7. Rebecca this is so very true! It is within our own human nature to worry and fret at the oddest hours. I know there have been many 3:00 a.m. insomnia sessions for me where I have taken the time to take a step back and look into other ways I can improve my business or just simply catch up on emails.

    We cannot let fear of the unknown keep us awake at night. I agree that we need to take this time to retool and remember the basics of our industry. One of my own mentors once pointed out that many will join our industry with wide eyed enthusiasm but only a few will survive during down turns because they are solid on the basics to keep working.

  8. This blog really hit home for me. In my five years being in this business and having reached some amazing highs, I have been pushed down, beaten up, told I was only as good as the numbers I achieved yesterday, that I am replaceable and this all happened when I was at the top of my game. It is true that it was such short sighted training that they will never benefit from on the long term basis.

    When I dusted myself off, I realized that I was holding the stones of those whose lives were consumed with Fear and Worry. I embrace those 3am wake up calls because it’s my time that with the silence of a night and the clarity of a mind that has rested, all the magical, almost artistic side of us is awakened. It’s that point in the day when our heads can really think clearly. One by one, I got rid of those stones that others tossed my way. Yes, it surely brought me new ways to do things. I carry less stones, appreciate my accomplishments more and always reflect on why that person wants to share that stone with me. Sometimes this is an opportunity to teach others to rid themselves of needless Fear and Worry.

    Fear and Worry has its place, but it should be short lived. For it’s like the ammunition that should drive your forward and let the success follow.

    All the best to everyone in 2011!

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