Do The Bellyflop You Fear

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Growing up my father always quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain." Perhaps this was his favorite quote because he coached executive speaking…and studies say speaking is more feared than death!

Here’s a picture of my son launching into a bellyflop, who only two months ago was afraid of swimming without a vest. How he got to this level of comfort, I can’t say. It just happened day by day, risk after risk. One day he was floating, the next day swimming, and somewhere along the way he figured out the belly flop. I certainly didn’t teach him this!



In a small way my son’s progression of confidence and skill inspires me to get into taking on new challenges and trying new things. Leaving a successful 7-year career at Dell felt like this…for about a week. Now, I’m in a new pool and the water is warm…it’s where I needed to be.

Maybe you’ll remember this picture when you’re thinking of taking a risk, facing a challenge, or trying something new.

And as painful as this looks, he didn’t cry.

One Response

  1. Ann Handley says:

    Nice post, Sam. Reminds me of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote to “do something that scares you every day.”

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