This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Host] So you say what often sets successful people apart is their willingness to do things most of us fear. And I like that sentence. It seems and feels about right, but I imagine you've got a whole lot of hard facts, research, and observations behind that assertion. - [Guest] Yeah, so for the past many years, I should say I'm a professor at Brandeis University in the business school and also in the psychology department. And so for the past several years I've been researching the challenges that people face across professions and trying to step outside their comfort zone. Why it's hard, how they avoid it, and what they can do to do it more successfully. And so I've interviewed or spoken with, and I also have sort of a learning laboratory I can tell you about in a little bit if you're interested. So I've spoken and worked with and interviewed executives, managers, entrepreneurs. People who are younger, people who are older. Teachers, professors, lawyers, small business owners, baristas, goat farmers, rabbis, priests I mean you name it, like across the professions, and what I think sets people apart is not the fear that they experience, but it's the ability and willingness and capacity to take action despite the fear. And these are everyday things. These are things where for instance, you're a timid introvert let's say and it's really hard for you to step into a networking situation to get up the courage. It's really hard for you to, I don't know, make small talk with people you don't know, or you have a hard time participating in meetings, or you're a micro manager and you now have to let go and you have to delegate, learn to delegate. Or you're afraid of public speaking and you have to step up to the plate and actually learn to give a speech, or you are not an assertive person, or you're a people pleaser and you have to deliver bad news. I mean as you can tell it goes on and on and in our everyday lives we experience situations like this. And so I think those who are successful are able to find a way to step outside their comfort zone despite the fear that they experience and give these things a shot.