Overcoming Fear


2013-0929 REG PortraitAccording to the TEDx Orange Coast program, Robert E. Grant has, for more than 20 years, “played a pivotal role in the development and success of products and technologies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare markets. He currently serves as Founder and Chairman of Strathspey Crown LLC, a growth equity firm based in Newport Beach, CA as well as CEO of Strathspey Crown’s principle operating company focused in lifestyle healthcare, ALPHAEON Corporation.


My Notes

I enjoyed listening to all of the TEDx Orange Coast Beautiful Minds speakers, but I took the most notes when listening to Grant speak. I will not include all of my notes in this post, but I want to mention a few point Grant made during his presentation because those points are directly applicable to the people in our community:

  • Abundance comes from a place of confidence while scarcity comes from a place of fear. If we view life as a zero-sum game in which someone wins only at the expense of another, we have the WRONG mindset. Being healthier, stronger, smarter, more balanced, and more confident are not zero-sum games. It is possible for everybody to win if we share information with each other through websites, newspapers, magazines, journals, social media, support groups, and classes.
  • We don’t get what we deserve, we get what we expect. If you expect to die from your adversity, there is a good chance your adversity will kill you. If you expect to be in a wheelchair or to need a walker for the rest of your life, your expectations are likely to become your reality.  Nobody deserves the type of adversity we face. If you expect that the right activities will eventually lead to your recovery, your expectations are likely to become your reality.
  • It is impossible to be grateful and fearful at the same time. I recognize there are many unknowns in the world of adversity. I recognize that some people die or become permanently disabled by their adversity. However, I also recognize the brilliance of Grant’s statement. We could all benefit by spending more time thinking about the things for which we are thankful and less time thinking about our fears and the things we cannot control.

Your Turn

  • What are you fears?
  • What is your fear preventing you from achieving?
  • What actions have you taken to overcome your fears?


Thanks to Robert E. Grant for allowing me to share my observations of his 9/21/2013 TEDx presentation in this post; TEDx Orange Coast for allowing Grant to speak about at the Beautiful Minds event; YouTube for hosting the video I used in this post; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

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