Henry Ford on Career Success

Posted June 23, 2015
By Clay Cerny

 

I love this quotation from Henry Ford:  "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

Great advice.  As long as we're really focused on our goals, fear shouldn't be a problem.  In fact, fear is the negative power that distracts us and keeps us from achieving our goals.  Two of my favorite writers Seth Godin and Steven Pressfield have called this the "resistance" that keeps us from "delivering."  I frequently tell clients who are wrapping themselves in paralyzing blankets of fear to do something very different:  Practice talking about your strengths.  What makes you good at what you do?  How will you be an asset to an employer or company?  If you can answer those questions, the obstacles and fears will be manageable.