You Need to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable — The Art of Mastering Fear

Trade and commerce have been with man since the beginning of time. It has evolved alongside tribes, nations and civilizations throughout the ages, creating the diverse business systems prevalent today. From being a lowly tool for exchanging basic needs and knowledge, trade and commerce have become a powerful science that men and women spend years trying to learn and master.

Along with these business systems came ideas—theories, strategies, and philosophies. Trade has become so much more than just merely being the law of supply and demand as new concepts flooded the industry. Inventing and reinventing trade has become so constant that nothing stays the same for too long. And it is in this change that the philosophy of mastering fear emerged; “You need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

Comfort is a pleasant sensation; discomfort isn’t. Yet in business, one must not get too complacent with the way things are—one must not get too comfortable with things. Why? Because in business, being comfortable is stagnation. It is a plateau; and it means that one isn’t ready to risk what it takes to reach the top.

Remember that this ever-changing industry didn’t evolve to become its current glorious state by just simply stagnating or going where the smooth, roiling waves took it. Pioneers and visionaries braved the waves, facing them head on. A few got dragged under the current, yes… but for those who succeeded, for those who weren’t comfortable with being comfortable, the risks they took returned to them in a hundredfold.
Risks are what shaped the business systems of today. It’s because the who’s who of trade and commerce got comfortable with being uncomfortable—taking risks whenever they presented themselves. These people helped to create the art and science of business, by mastering their fears—fear of failure, of being wrong, of the unknown.

And if there’s one thing that doesn’t change, is that everything changes. Everything ebbs and flows and moulds into new and exciting ways, and it only takes with it those who can keep pace with its speed. It doesn’t wait for those who are comfortable enough to stagnate in the past, nor does it empathize with those who fear the discomfort of change. It only knows to sweep forward, to progress—and it gets there even if it has to crash and tumble into rocks and hurdles along the way. And for those people who have mastered the art of mastering their fear, those people who got comfortable being uncomfortable? They will ride the crest of that wave towards its glorious progression into the future.

 

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