Overcoming Fear is Required for Growth

I talk to many people about what it takes to be successful. Since I focus on the importance of developing curiosity, I often get questioned about whether I have ever had to overcome fear in my quest to learn new things. I think everyone experiences fear. The real question is whether we let it keep us from exploring opportunities. Currently, I am a radio host, speaker, and author. In every job, there is a day one where we must do the job for the very first time. I can remember many of those days well. I thought it might be fun to look back at the first moments (short clips) of recordings from some of the things I did that could have easily intimidated me to the point where I might have let fear overcome my desire to do the thing that ended up helping me grow and develop my curiosity.


First Interview: Billionaire Genius – Ken Fisher

While working as an MBA Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business, I was fortunate to be part of planning to have speakers come to our events. The very first time I had the chance to set up one of these events included having the opportunity to meet, Ken Fisher, the billionaire genius behind Fisher Investments. I was very curious about Ken’s success, and I asked one of the deans if it would be OK if I interviewed Ken before his talk. Now, I think about how crazy it was even to think I could do that. I had zero experience, but he let me do it. The following video shows the first moments of the first interview I had ever done in my life. Nothing like starting with at the top with someone as remarkable and potentially challenging as Ken. He began with a little test of my sense of humor. The best part was later when he sent me a note telling me I was engaging. That meant a lot to me.

First Speaking Gig: Forbes

In my career, I have had people ask me to do things that I had never done in the past. One time I was asked to give a talk. I was not a fan of speaking in college, and I certainly did not volunteer. It seems hard to believe my first paid speaking gig was for Forbes. It was a bit terrifying because I couldn’t see my notes nor the screen and there were lights in my eyes that were so bright; I couldn’t see the audience. It was not my finest hour, but I managed to get through it.

First Radio Show: Two Amazing Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs – Brian Wong and Sarah Kunst

If I had said no or not explored those opportunities, I might never have considered having my own radio show. After having Jim Beach, a terrific radio show host, interview me about my work, I thought about how much fun I had interviewing Ken Fisher. I asked how I could get my own show. Jim hooked me up, and the station manager said there was a spot for me if I could figure it out in two weeks. I had to create the graphics, music, get the guests and learn how to record and edit. This is the intro to the very first show:

When I listen to all these short clips, it brings back the emotions I felt at the time. It was exciting and scary and wonderful and horrible, but, never dull. I think we all can grow and to do that, we have to experience the scary and sometimes horrible possibilities that come with the exciting and wonderful opportunities.

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About the Author:

Dr. Diane Hamilton is a nationally syndicated radio show host. She writes and speaks on curiosity, business, leadership, emotional intelligence, personality assessment, career, and education. She is the creator of the Curiosity Code Index (CCI). She is the author of multiple books including It’s Not Your It’s Your Personality, and her forthcoming book is titled, Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential. http://drdianehamilton.com and http://curiositycode.com

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