It’s Abe again.

We met over the weekend when I let you in on one of the biggest lies we’ve all been taught to believe is true… that hard work is the key to success.

If you read my last piece, you’ll know that I believe “hard work” is a load of B.S. (And if you didn’t read it, you can catch up here.)

I understand that reading something like that may be a little shocking. It may even piss some people off. But in my experience, its true… and debunking that myth is what launched me straight into the upper class.

I want to help you do the same. So today, I’m going to dive a little deeper.

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The thing is, hard work isn’t the only dangerous myth out there. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be breaking down these myths that are standing in your way and keeping you from living the life of your dreams.

This time, let’s tackle one of the most important ones:

The myth that fear is a bad thing.

Most of us have been conditioned since birth to aim for what’s average. We’ve been told to want comfortable middle class lives with steady jobs, a white picket fence, three kids, and a golden retriever.

Well, maybe not all of that. But you get it. It’s the Disney fantasy type of scenario.

But I’m willing to bet that the one thing holding many people back from achieving moreis fear.

Fear of not being good enough. Fear of failure. And ultimately, fear of fear itself.

Now, I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t be afraid. In fact, I’m here to tell you quite the opposite.

I get it, taking risks is scary. But, you should be more afraid of NOT taking risks.

Everything you want is on the other side of the fear. In other words, you can’t be afraid to be afraid.

The truth is, we live sterile lives. We’re told that being a cog in someone else’s machine is what will ultimately set us up for success… but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The life of an employee is “fake security.” At any given moment, your seemingly steady job could be ripped right out from under you, for a number of reasons.

Your company could go belly-up. Your boss could decide your position isn’t worth the expense anymore. Someone else could even come along and be willing to do your job for cheaper than you.

In other words… if you’re an employee, you’re not actually that safe. So you might as well lean into the fear of taking risks.

I know this because I’ve lived it.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I grew up very poor. I won’t repeat all of the same details again, but the point is that I know what it’s like to be at the bottom.

Despite all the odds, I worked my way through college on my own dime. By the time I was 26 years old, I was an executive…the Director of Finance and Operations for a Fortune 500 company.

By all measures, my life was looking great. Until it wasn’t.

My company got bought by an even bigger company, and I lost my job and ended up right back where I started. It took me years after that to crack the code and achieve real wealth and freedom.

Now, I’m comfortably in the upper class. I started and operate four different businesses, I have an awesome licensing deal with the UFC where they pay me royalties on my invention, I’m bringing in millions of dollars per year, and my life has balance because I still have plenty of time leftover to spend with my friends and family.

But none of my success would have been possible if I’d avoided taking risks because I was too afraid. I pushed through my fear and found success on the other side. You can too.

That’s exactly why my lesson for you today is to lean into your fear.

If you’re afraid of taking risks, that’s okay. But you still need to take them. Don’t let your fear get in the way of a lifetime of success.

If you can deal with the fear, the rest is easy.

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That’s all from me for today, but I’ll be back soon to talk about one of the most important lessons I ever learned: why no one cares about how hard you work.

We’ll talk soon,

Abe Wagner