Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Are you Not Afraid ?
Came across this Question on the QA section of Linkedin - "Are you not Afraid".
The question was posted on the Staffing and Recruiting section so meant to elicit responses from the Recruitment industry professionals.
Some very good responses came up and one of them I really liked - that was " - The only thing that we need to fear is fear itself. "
Most answers revolved around the point of being " Not Afraid ". It obviously sounded like a self conscious effort to sound brave.
If your mandates are down to 10% of what they were 6 months ago. If your clients who were hiring in Bulk are now letting go people - you have pared down your billing targets by 2/3rd - What do you do?
Well you will do more Business Development try to reach out to more clients , harden yourself to listen to greater number of "NO"s from prospective clients , reduce costs.
Yes, that is what needs to be done - but wont there be some fear too . I mean , isnt it fear that drives up survival instincts and forces us to reach out into the unknown. Fear has to be there so why why be in denial. It is fear which drives us and throwing us into a high gear.
Question is are we willing to Face our Fear or are we going to turn from this fear and run. This is where the earlier answer makes it so meaningful - " The only thing that we need to fear is Fear itself"
Somebody said - "Fear and Courage are Brothers". What is courage if there is nothing to fear. Infarct one can say that there is no courage without fear.
The general assumption is that a courageous person does not experience fear.
Offcourse he does. But he is willing to let go of the familiar and willing to plunge into the unknown - that is why he is courageous.
Uncertainty can instil a very deep fear that strikes us and leaves some people unable to respond in a rational manner. At that point we are lost.
But some of us have that something which picks us up and carries us.
It is Fear’s counterpart Courage. Where you find one, you will find the other.