Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States

Posted: 2016-02-23

Chapter 15

How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear


There’s an old saying that we save the best things for last. In my opinion, that is what we are doing here.
I want to start off my lesson by sharing a great phrase by one of the best motivational speakers in the world,
Les Brown:

“Imagine if you will being on your death bed – And standing around your bed – the ghosts of the
ideas, the dreams, the abilities, the talents given to you by life.

And that you for whatever reason, you never acted on those ideas, you never pursued that dream,
you never used those talents, we never saw your leadership, you never used your voice, you never
wrote that book.

And there they are standing around your bed looking at you with large angry eyes saying we came
to you, and only you could have given us life! Now we must die with you forever.

The question is – if you die today what ideas, what dreams, what abilities, what talents, what gifts,
would die with you? “

After I heard this saying, I paused like a deer in the headlights and thought to myself, “What are the things
that have held me back all these years from my goal of riches?” In this chapter, Hill states the basic six
ghosts of fear; and after reading this chapter, I discovered my answer…it is the fear of failure and criticism.

Now, as most of you know, I grew up playing baseball and I made it professionally with the Tampa Bay Rays.
However, what most people probably don’t know about me was that I achieved a lot of awards and I had a
lot of success in my life as a baseball player.

For example, I was named second team All-American by EA Sports in high school, Mr. Baseball finalist my
senior year of high school for Florida, second team All-American in college, etc. The awards didn’t matter to
me as much as my love for the game. But after a couple of months in network marketing, I had the fear of
failing and never figuring this out.

I knew that the industry works, unlike some people that thinks it can never work and we are in one of those
“things.” But the fear of failing and being criticized for not succeeding in this was holding me back. However,
once I realized this issue, then all the weight came off my shoulders.

Once I realized this, I figured out that without a doubt, I will figure this out and accomplish my goal of riches.
I believe in my ability and talents that I was given, but the most important talent I ever acquired was being
coachable. There are so many times that you see great athletes never pan out because of their stubbornness,
or refusal to being coachable. That is why I have always believed that the difference between success and
failure are two things, belief in yourself and you being coachable. If you have those two things, I guarantee
that you will be successful.

Ryan McChesney
Tampa, FL
P.S. What are the ideas, dreams, etc. that you are holding back because of your fear?