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The Paradox of Fear

Strangely, the better we do, the more fearful we become.

Why?

Because the better we do, the more we have got to lose.

And the fear of losing it all (I call it FOLIA) is the worst kind of fear there is.

Giving in to FOLIA, ironically, makes it even more likely that one will indeed lose it all in the end.

If we give in to the fear, we will give disproportionate attention to the negative and manufacture the very adverse circumstance that we dread.

Robert Greene, The 50th Law