The Six Basic Fears

There are six basic fears. Every human suffers from some combination of them at one time or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the entire six. Names in the order of their most common appearance, they are:

  1. The fear of POVERTY
  2. The fear of CRITICISM
  3. The fear of ILL HEALTH
  4. The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
  5. The fear of OLD AGE
  6. The fear of DEATH

Credited to Napoleon Hill.

Fear stifiles progress, we must not let it influence our decision making. Any decision made out of fear almost is never fully thought through.

The 10 Mind Stimuli


Fear can make a pratical person seem like a fool. “Have you ever procrastinated or didn’t call  or take initiative for a possible opportunity because of doubt?” This happened to me on several occasions and it is a crippling frame of mind. I had nothing to lose, only gain at my fingertips. All I had to do was push a combination of numbers on something called a telephone which was invented to aid communication. “See how dumb it sounds when broken down.”

Fear is ‘noise’ to the mind, it scrambles the natural thought process. It’s the difference between a “do-er” and those who accept circumstances. Everyone has a fear of failure, it is a blow to the psyche. Fortunately failure is a state of mind. I admire the “oh well, back to the drawing board type of person!” 

My freshman year in college one of my roommates had one of the worst cases of ADHD I ever witnessed, he was a 5 foot 8, beach blonde, ball of energy and good with people. His  ADHD didn’t seem like a problem to him, he was just always happy and ‘bouncing off the walls’. I never saw him sad or down, he reminded me of a supercharged Jim Carrey. If only he directed that energy into a definite purpose combined with his talent he would be alright in life. I wish I had a unlimited reservoir of enthusiam, to get up every morning without doubt just “to do” and go after my heart desires.  I recognize this alibi and intend to work on it.

“What are your alibis?”

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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