When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Relax

Fast Company’s Alan Webber summarizes nuggets of wisdom from his Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self (2009.)

Rule #1: “When the going gets tough, the tough relax.” This rule came from an experience of my own, when I was about to conduct the most important interview of my career, and I realized that I was about to ruin the experience—and probably the interview—because I was afraid of failing. I had allowed my fears to jeopardize what should have been a happy, exciting, and memorable experience. My takeaway was, the enemy we all need to conquer is fear. So I’d say that each and every one of us needs to go to work in the morning without bringing along our fears and anxieties—they don’t help, they only hurt.

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