Max Klein

People are afraid to compete because they prefer to pretend they could have won if they played, than to know that they played and lost.

Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey

The thing that Oprah Winfrey talks about all the time is that we do things either with love or fear. If you’re afraid, you can really mess up. If you just love what you’re doing, whatever happens you’re moving ahead.

Cyril Connolly

Hate is the consequence of fear. We fear something before we hate it.

Erika Andersen

And the antidote to fear? Pull people out of their panic and self-protective impulses by first acknowledging the difficulties, then raising their eyes and hearts to a possibility of success.

At that point you can take advantage of their newly available and hopeful energy to make that possibility a reality.

Phil Dourado

Fear constrains behavior. Love liberates it. So, if all you need is compliance, fear will probably do. But fear freezes initiative, stifles creativity, and provides no incentive to stretch and grow. Love is about wanting and allowing people to be at their best, and engaging with them to help them achieve that.

Margaret Wheatley

Organizations of all kinds are cluttered with control mechanisms that paralyze employees and leaders alike. Where have all these policies, procedures, protocols, laws, and regulations come from? And why is it so difficult to avoid creating more, even as we suffer from the terrible confines of overcontrol? These mechanisms seem to derive from our fear — our fear of one another, of a harsh competitive … [ Read more ]

Jeffrey Pfeffer

One of the most pervasive emotions in the workplace today is fear.The reason that there is so much fear is that everybody wants to build a learning organization, but nobody actually wants anyone to learn. Learning requires tolerating inefficiency and failure. If you genuinely want to build a learning organization, you have to accept the fact that learners are never as proficient as experts. Learning … [ Read more ]

William Shakespeare

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.