Courtney M. McSwain, Writer

Dear Reader: On Fear

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Dear Reader,

Last month on the blog, we had a celebration of failure with several artists and changemakers who shared their views on what it means to fail. Though failure is never as bad as we think it’s going to be, we often keep ourselves from trying something for fear that we will fall short. Even if you’ve managed to side step the fear of failure, there are plenty more to contend with – fear of judgment, fear of losing control, maybe even fear of success.

Last month’s discussion set the stage for this month on the blog, when we’ll sink further into fear. To help, creative consultants Nancy Belmont, of Belmont Inc., and Julian Kiganda, of Bold and Fearless, share their thoughts on fear in the “Artists and Changemakers On…” Q&A series. Both of these women make it their business to help clients create transformational brands. But more than that, they help people get unstuck in their fears to capture the heart of what their brands are about. What they have to say will really inspire you! Also, later in the month, I’ll review the book “Whose Shoes Are You Wearing,” co-authored by Julian and her sister Christine K. St. Vil.

I hope you’ll join me this month in taking a look at some of your fears and sharing your thoughts with me and other readers in the comments section throughout the month. And don’t forget to check back in for the first post on fear this Friday.


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