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How the Fierce Handle Fear - Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times Paperback – July 1, 2010
About the Author
Sophfronia Scott has over twenty years of experience as a professional writer, most of it spent at Time and People magazines. When she published her first novel, All I Need to Get By with St. Martin's Press in 2004, one prominent reviewer referred to Sophfronia as potentially ''one of the best writers of her generation.''
Sophfronia holds a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard.
As executive editor of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company, Sophfronia helps entrepreneurs to write and publish books to market their businesses. Her latest work is the award-winning bestseller, Doing Business By the Book.
Top customer reviews
First, I loved that there were lots and lots of experts who contributed. I liked this for two main reasons. First, the many different perspectives were really valuable. If one person's story didn't resonate strongly with me, another two or three or four did. The editor really did a great job of gathering people as different as Jack Canfield and Donald Trump to contribute wonderful and diverse essays.
Secondly, I also really enjoy hearing successful people being honest about what has scared them or challenged them in the past. Unfortunately, I think a lot of modern media is either about trashing someone or glorifying them. I want to hear about -- and learn from -- the really human side of people's lives rather than just viewing celebrities from a pedestal or in the gutter. The book definitely made me feel that I wasn't alone in feeling afraid and powerless at times.
Finally, this was a really FUN read. It was breezy and fast without sacrificing real depth. The moderate length of the essays made them perfect for a busy person like myself, but again they were completely full of substance and heart. Almost all of them left me inspired.
I heartily recommend this book. Not only will you enjoy it, you will also learn from it too. To borrow from the title, it's not just FUN -- it's truly FIERCE!
Setting Fear Aside by Valarie Davenport Willis was the chapter that I identified with more than another. She discussed losing her job, not that she was not "qualified or not being a team player", it's "the bottom lie", economics. She stated fear is invisible, it takes your energy, it stops you in your tracks, yet you cannot let fear rob you of your dreams. We all have dreams, we know that to achieve our dreams, sometimes, we have to walk through that dark valley, we know it as fear. We cannot touch it, but we feel it, it holds us sometimes like a vice.
Valarie goes on to tell you how friendships helped her to deal with her situation, loss of job, and what she was going to do. Slowly she started to move forward, after her pity-party, she began to do something every day, for example taking a walk. Having something definite to do. One of her girlfriends called every day to talk, and helped her realize what she wanted to do. Out of those early morning discussions came, her first book. She state some times you have to speak works out loud, into the brain, to let fear know, you are not owning it today.
She became a national keynote speaker for major organizations. These things would not have happen had Valarie not lost her position. Blessings come in many ways, after we subdue our fears, we are able to think clearly, and know we will survive and thrive.
In particular, I found that the following chapters stood out to me the most:
Collaboration: The Key to Conquering Fear: Sandie Glass
Fighting Fear with Fear: Caroline Ceniza-Levine
Get Off Your Knees and Start Walking: Frank McKinney
Confronting Your Fear: Donald Trump
In essense, all of these writers had experienced fear at some point in their lives whether it be at work, personal life, etc., but what they have in common is that they turned it into something positive. The authors give their readers ways to confront their fear and how to turn it into something productive. I recently decided to make a job change, doing something similar to what I am doing now, but opening myself up to a multitude of other areas in my field. It's really scary to leave a job that you're so comfortable in ("can I make it somewhere else? who will I go to with questions? will they think i'm stupid?), but I know that no matter how scared I am of leaving my "comfort zone", I NEED take on this new opportunity to better myself and my career. And you know what, I don't think I would have gone ahead with it unless I read this book and really thought about what I was so scared of. I actually made the final decision this week and I can't tell you how invigoring it feels to move forward! Sometimes it's the silly things that hold you back -- read this book and that kick fear to the curb!