“When this wonderful little book by Warren Bluhm first dropped into my hands a decade ago, I thought it was important. Today, I think it’s particularly vital,” Wally Conger writes in the preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Refuse to be Afraid.
As Bluhm writes:
“You are the boss of you. It’s your life; you have to live with the choices you make; make sure those choices are actually yours.
“The first step is controlling your fear. Not ‘Don’t be scared’ — Don’t let being scared stop you altogether. Question why you’re scared: Is someone trying to scare you, and why? Is it a rational concern that merits moving forward with caution? Are you frightened beyond reason, and if so, what’s a more reasonable course of action?
“But move forward. Act. Don’t be paralyzed by the fear.
“What I meant to say is:
“Refuse to be Afraid. Free yourself. Dream.”