Are you afraid?
It is not bad to be. Many people are – Almost all people are.. In different situations, in different contexts. An entrepreneur is afraid of his idea being stolen by someone else before he comes to market. CEO is afraid of losing market share. A lawyer is afraid of losing a case. A doctor is afraid of failing in an operation. A child is afraid of fire. Teenager is afraid of rumors. A software developer is afraid of as well. People are afraid of each other! And in such a situation, we are all afraid of something or the other.
Whatever be the case, it is mostly “failure” or “uncertainty” which people are mostly afraid of. Failure in thoughts, Failure in business, Failure at work, Failure in relationships, Failure of faith. In a world where probability divides the chances of success and failure in exactly 50 percent each, why are we so much obsessed with failure?
Same is the case with uncertainty. We as human beings are plagued by our observations. We observe something for a long time and feel that is certain and that is how things are supposed to be. One fine day, something irregular happens contrary to our age-old observations – we plunge into the world of uncertainty. We look up to the clouds and say ‘How on earth did it happen?’. Such is the vanity of our assumptions. Since we cant explain uncertainty, that is when we start being afraid.
This brings the question up again – Why are we so much obsessed in being afraid? Just because we could not predict it or just because we could not predict it failing? However, the easier it is said, the difficult it is to change human behaviour.
What can be done?
Observe more and Learn. There is only one way to avoid being afraid is to observe more, learn more and experiment. Fearless spirit, Ruthless aggression to learn more is all that is needed. One life time of observation is not enough, you have to learn from other people’s experiences in their lifetimes to enrich yourself. While re-discovering one wheel is okay when you are learning from your own life’s experience, learning from peers, learning from colleagues, learning from customers, learning from whichever source you can get your hands on will reduce that fear in your minds. This will definitely make you feel less afraid.
As software engineers, which most of my visitors are, the only way to stop being afraid is to learn more about the technology area in which you work in and in which you do not work in. If you don’t have the chance to invent something, learn more about what is being invented. If you are not able to innovate something, learn more about what is being innovated and how that innovation can be applied to your technology, to your business domain. Sometimes you would find it in Google sometimes you would actually be ready to contribute to Google so that someone else can learn. If you stay focussed on learning, you will be less afraid.
At Mindfire, we are not afraid of experimenting. We are not afraid of failing. We try. We fail. We try again and keep trying till we bounce back. Each of our software consultants takes pride in learning cross platforms and being active in various technology forums. Each of us share our learning and feel passionate about it. And Mindfire promotes this environment of learning. It does not come as a surprise to us when our people represent us in International Technology Forums and Seminars and Symposiums. Yet, we feel silently happy when our esteemed clients marvel at our expertise not just in the technology but also in their own business domains. We keep learning and keep away from being afraid!
This is team Mindfire. Loads of curiosity. Bundles of enthusiasm. Years of experience.
If you would like to work with us, join us or simply want to know more about us, please feel free to reach me at Sam@mindfiresolutions.com