Another excerpt from my latest book, Simple Realities (The pathway to happiness and success), which is now available at Amazon.com and on Kindle.

            Because of my lack of formal education, I was a provisional student in the course leading to the designation Chartered Accountant. The provision was that if I failed even one exam I was out, whereas other students could fail three times before losing their chance at becoming a C.A. Walking into the room to write my first exam, I was almost paralyzed by fear. Then I remembered Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s admonition that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself. Did I know enough to pass the exam? Probably. Was there anyone there trying to prevent me from passing? Definitely not. Was I writing the same examination as everybody else in the room? Yes. So, what was there to be afraid of other than fear itself? Nothing.  I passed.

             If you know you can do it, there’s no need to be afraid.

             Fear breeds desperation.

             Fear defeats more people than anything else.

             Fear is sometimes a protection; panic never is.

             There are few things to be feared more than a frightened person.

             Don’t be afraid to make a big move; you can’t get across a chasm in two small jumps.

             Fear is a darkroom in which negatives are developed.

             There are far more fears than dangers.

             Fear is a feeling, not a fact.

             The best way to overcome fear is to keep doing the thing you fear until you no longer fear it.

             Greed usually overcomes fear.

             It’s alright to have fear in your eyes as long as there’s courage in your heart.

             People who have no fear usually have no imagination.

             Fearful people make mistakes.

             Everybody fears something.

             Fear unites.