Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Posted: 2017-11-10

Chapter 15 How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho.

The Dictionary Defines Fear as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined”

How and where does fear enter into our lives? My early childhood was not marked with any fears until I returned home one day with torn short pants. I was admonished and warned that people who climb trees get hurt. Thus was born a fear that I could come to harm climbing trees, which I did not do for a short time. But I liked to climb and had a desire for being in high places, so I commenced tree climbing again. I thus overcame not only the fear of climbing and that I might fall and get hurt but also any fear of heights. I still climb and have no fear of heights.

Another fear I had was that of talking to people, which I believe came from being told “never speak to strangers”. It is only since being within the Mentoring for Free Family that I have broken down this barrier. The encouragement to speak up on the Calls has given me the courage to now strike up a conversation with any person I meet whether I know them or not.

Through the years I have faced all six Ghosts of Fear which Hill lists as and I quote “The fear of POVERTY The fear of CRITICISM The fear of ILL HEALTH The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE The fear of OLD AGE The fear of DEATH”, at some time or other. I experienced the Fear of Poverty when I was made bankrupt, but a positive attitude that I could defeat it carried me through.
I experienced the Fear of Criticism all through my school years and this held me back because I thought I would be thought silly or stupid if I asked a question which would have clarified a point or equation I was struggling with. I could list many other fears which often stopped me reaching my full potential until I began to challenged the fears and found that they were not real and were overcome by the challenge.
These days I still encounter fears but I now look critically at each fear and arrive at a conclusion of what will be lost if I succumb to the Fear and what will be the great potential gain if I challenge and overcome the Fear. You could say that I have matured becoming a critical thinker, no longer thinking about what to think but now how to think.
Mervyn Drury
Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia