“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
High achievers or those who tend to succeed most in life are often perceived as bold and fearless go-getters. Some people mistakenly believe that boldness with complete lack of fear. But nothing could be farther from the truth. It is not that they do not get scared at all. It is more like making a conscious choice to move forward regardless of the risks and uncertainties they face. If you are curious about which overcoming fear book you can read to get some really great and ideas and insights, here are a just a few of the best ones you can choose from.
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
You may think you have it all planned, but even the best plans amount to nothing if you cannot follow-through. In The Checklist Manifesto, author Atul Gawande shares insights into the importance of building a checklist to do things properly. Whether it is for work or in everyday life, this book takes a look at how creating a checklist can lead to significant improvements.
The Confidence Gap: From Fear to Freedom by Russ Harris
Fear can be paralyzing. But it is a natural part of life. So how can you deal with it more effectively? The Confidence Gap offers ideas on how to deal with feelings of insecurity or lack of self-confidence — and it has nothing to do with simply “getting over it”.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Why think small when you can go big? In this book, David J. Schwartz shares ideas that can change the way you view opportunities and possibilities. Whether you are thinking of ways on how to overcome the fear of failure or how to turn adversities and failures into stepping stones for success, The Magic of Thinking Big has plenty of great ideas for you.
Everyone needs inspiration from time to time. Whether you need it or not at this point, these inspiring films dish out some great lessons that will inspire you to live your best life.
1. 3 Idiots (2009)
Let’s start off this list with something light and fun. 3 Idiots is a popular Bollywood movie that will not only leave you feeling good. It will also make you think about pursuing your dreams, thinking outside the box, and taking on whatever it is that life throws at you — the good, the bad, and everything else in between. The story follows two friends who set out to find another college friend named Rancho. Their adventures and encounters as they traveled to find their friend make for some of the most memorable and inspiring lessons you can mine from this film.
2. October Sky (1999)
Chasing a dream is not an easy path to take. But doing it against your family’s wishes is probably one of the most difficult decisions to make in life. October Sky tells the story of Homer Hickam who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist instead of staying on course to a life expected of him. It is an inspiring movie about self-belief and having the courage to do what it takes to chase your dream.
3. Rocky (1976)
What if you have to fight for something knowing that the odds are stacked against you? Will you step up to the challenge? Rocky tells the story of boxer Rocky Balboa who gets a shot to fight the reigning heavyweight champion. There are many lessons you can learn from this film. And one of those that stand out is to fight hard for your dreams.
4. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true story of entrepreneur and single father Chris Gardner as he struggled with being homeless for a year while taking care of his young child. It is a deeply moving film about not giving up and doing whatever it takes to achieve your dreams.
5. Yes Man (2008)
What would you do if you are stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of self-defeating habits? For Carl Allen, going to a self-help seminar served as the catalyst for change he desperately needed. Yes Man is a movie that offers a glimpse into the power of saying “yes” to life.