Using Fear to Fuel Your Fire


As C.S. Lewis once said, “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.” Many let the fear of failure keep them from trying when in fact failure often leads us to success. Chris Howell shares his remarkable story of how he beat all odds to be the man he is today. He was the youngest of six children in a single parent home, a high school dropout, and a teenage father, and how one of his greatest fears has always been that he would be a failure. He then shows how you can use fear as fuel to overcome obstacles, proving that your failures can sometimes bring about your greatest strengths.

“When we choose not to allow fear to become a form of paralysis but instead a form of motivation, it is a powerful thing. I will admit that fear had a grip on me for many years in different areas of my life. It was when I began to start studying the lives of others and see that they too fought to overcome the paralysis of fear, that I understood I could do it, too. When I chose to use this fear as a form of fuel to get me to where I wanted and needed to be in life, I began to challenge myself in the areas that I was most afraid, and with each challenge I learned that what I feared most never came to fruition.”


“Your failures can sometimes bring about your greatest strengths.”

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Jazzella McKeel Photography Chris Howell