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I have started the promotion for my latest book, Running From Yourself, and my friend Derek tweeted with a great hashtag: #FearNothing. And it’d true. That’s why I wrote the book.
We (myself included) can’t live in fear. We have to be dedicated to our owns lives and recognize what we are afraid of. Only when we do this can we truly find not only happiness, but success.
Here is a quick story to illustrate my point:
Love hurts. But you know what hurts more? Losing yourself.
Sometime this decade, I lost myself. Sure, I still followed my passions, but I was changed. I still haven’t figured out all the reasons; perhaps one day I will. But I was in love. And love makes you do crazy things, including changing who you really are. I became angry. I lived in hiding. I said things I didn’t mean. I filtered my own voice. I fell to fear. I was afraid of losing someone I loved.
Instead of losing that person, I lost myself. I hope my mother doesn’t mind e sharing this, but she thanked my boyfriend Steve this past Christmas for giving her her son back. She was referring to the real Richard being back. And in that moment, I was proud, touched, and angry. I was angry at myself for letting the fear of a lot of things cloud my own life.
I encourage you to check out the IndieGoGo campaign I have to take Running From Yourself on a national book tour. The rewards are great (and you get the book at a great discount!) so please help me go after this crazy goal. I’m not afraid to ask.
In fact, I am no longer afraid.