As success becomes imminent, a new fear is born

Yesterday, the 14-year old in the blue and white checked shirt demonstrated remarkable calm under pressure.


As success becomes imminent, a new fear is born. The fear of looking arrogant. A confident entrepreneurial startup founder must exude confidence.


That’s pretty intense. And to some, intimidating. It reminds people of their decaying¬†dreams.

It’s time to follow the fatherly advice i have consistently shared with our 14-year old.

Why focus on the ones who will say jealous things? And we all know how those behind-someone’s-back conversations go, because we’ve all been jealous, so it’s no secret.

It’s the difficult path that others laugh at.

Not because it’s difficult, but because it’s lonely.

And scary.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.