Overcoming Fear

The fear that holds us back is often unfounded fear. It is not the good fear that keeps us safe.

We become fearful over the state of the economy, the weather conditions, even our ability to perform well.

Fear holds us back.

Man exciting a fearful looking cave while overcoming fear

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I think back to when I started to write Reel LeadershipReel Leadership is the book I wrote last year. In it, I share how to use movies to become a better leader.

But Reel Leadership almost didn’t happen. I had let my fear keep me from writing it.

Many parents know the fear of someone thinking their baby is ugly. Whenever we create, we have that paternal fear. We fear people won’t like what we create.

That was me. Until it wasn’t.

What did it take for me to overcome fear?

Break Out Of YOUR Rut

I recently changed my login password for my computer. The password had become compromised. I knew I could no longer keep the password.

I logged into the computer. Changed the password. Went on about my day.


I locked my computer. When I returned, I typed the old password. The computer didn’t like that. It told me I had an incorrect password.


Weeks later, I am still stuck in the rut of typing the wrong password. I’ll return to the office, sit down, and type the password. Whoops, it’s the wrong password. Or I’ll return from the vending machine and type the password. Wrong password again.

Thankfully, the longer the password has been changed, the more I’m catching it.

Break Out Of YOUR Rut

My password change alerted me to the rut I was stuck in. I had a regular routine. The routine had me doing the same thing again and again.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The King’s Man

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

The latest entry in the Kingsman series hit the theaters Christmas weekend. With so many movies released at that time, this was one of those movies that flew under the radar.

Sadly, many people missed a grand entry into the Kingsman lore.

The King’s Man tells the story of Ralph Fiennes as Orlando Oxford and Harris Dickinson as his son, Conrad Oxford.

Ralph Fiennes as Orlando Oxford in The King's Man

Orlando was a man who lived a violent past only to reform for his wife, Emily (Alexandra Maria Lara). Emily dies in an attack but, before she dies, tells Orlando to keep Conrad safe.

The action and adventure in The King’s Man were top-notch. The film drew me into its story and experience. And, it ended on such a poignant note.

How to Develop Personal Leadership Qualities

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Leadership skills are in high demand in industries, that’s because these skills are hard to obtain and master. It takes time, experience, and dedication to develop industry-leading leadership skills so if you want to get ahead, start developing these right away and secure your future in your chosen industry. This article looks at some of the best ways to develop leadership skills.

Practice Self Discipline

Discipline is a key quality needed for leadership, when you don’t have discipline you might forget important items on the agenda, oversleep, or fail to keep appointments, all of which reflect badly on the company and the people around you. Perception is a valuable resource. 

Host A Leadership Book Fair

Who doesn’t have fond memories of the Scholastic book fairs that happened regularly at your elementary school? I vividly remember tables upon tables of books. Each one was more enticing than the last.

Perusing the tables of books, I’d eventually settle on a few books, make my way to the cashier, and check out. Book fair win!!!

That started my reading habit. The good old book fair.

While I’ve had fits and starts with reading after book fairs, these book fairs introduced me to many great books.

Then they stop…

You no longer have a book fair in middle school, high school, or even college. It feels like educators and leaders decided we didn’t need encouragement to read.

I think they’re wrong.

We need to bring back the book fair… to middle school and high school students. To college students. To the workplace.