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Fearlessly Get Out of Your Own Way

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Ric MorganBy Featured Speaker Ric Morgan

What is the one thing you want to do more than anything else in the World? What would make you want to jump out of bed each day, because you would be so excited doing what you love so much? What is the thing you want to do and can’t imagine why they pay you to do it because you love it so much? What is this thing that would bring the greatest joy and satisfaction in your life?

Why aren’t you doing it?

What’s standing in your way? Probably the only thing is yourself. Why? Because you are afraid. But of what?

There are three major kinds of fear: fear of the unknown, fear of failure and fear of success.

Zig Ziglar, famous motivational speaker and writer says that the word “fear” is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. In fact, about 99.9% of all the things we fear don’t happen, and those that do are highly survivable.

Fear of the unknown is just that…the fear of not knowing what could or will happen. If everyone who has ever done anything great gave into this fear, the World would be a very different place today.

Overcoming fear of the unknown is faith: the ability to see the light even though you can’t see the electricity. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to,” according to George Seaton.

Fear of failure and fear of success are basically the same. You will fail. Isn’t that great? Think of all the good that can come from that. And you will succeed. Think of how good you will feel when that happens. So what’s there to be afraid of here? What’s the worst that can happen? Whatever that is, if you can live with it, then where’s the problem? Go look in the mirror. That’s the person who is stopping you.

Journalists and reporters are told that the lead (or opening paragraph) of every news story should answer these questions: who, what, when, where and how?

OK, let’s take your situation…


You. Within you is a song that only you can sing.


You, and only you, know that.


How about now. There is no time like the present.


Right where you are in your life is the perfect place to start.


Again, only you know that…or will learn it. Just take that first step. Yes, it is the hardest, but once made, everything you need comes to you in one way or another. I am living proof of that.

There is only one thing standing between you and doing the thing you would love to do the very most: You. Why not get out of your own way, step out on faith and do it. I don’t know who said it, but there is a profound truth in, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb…that’s where the fruit is.”

I am Ric Morgan, author of the revised and re-titled book Keep It Simple and Smart, that will be available in mid- or late-Spring of 2011. The book is about the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple and Smart) philosophy and talks about three major keys…thought, choice and action…plus a smaller secret key, and a set of lessons that will help you learn how to live a smarter, simpler and saner life. The $15 book will be available online for $10, plus shipping at There are two other editions available including Keep It Simple and Smart for Teens, as well as a CD of MP3 files of the recorded book. The short, 84-page book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and two Nautilus Book Awards and called, by John Fleming of WDRC in Hartford, Connecticut, a condensation of the “Wisdom of the Ages in an easy to read book with a lot of clarity. The amount of wisdom is astonishing.”

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