As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. – Chanakya

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.


Fear is the most terrible of human emotions. It has the power to paralyze one into an inexplicable state of inactivity. It can demotivate the most motivated of men, dissuading them from acting. Fear often stems from an unreasonable aversion to something or from certain past experiences. This, however, does not justify it. Or its consequences, for that matter.

When left unchecked, fear has the ability to transform into something even more terrible – a phobia. It soon begins to encroach on our everyday activities, disrupting our life and plans in equal measure. As mentioned above, fear forces and corners one into inaction; people gripped by fear are too scared to take any risks or make the leap forward. This conservative approach only exacerbates matters in the long run as our fears push us into an impenetrable shell, and before we know it, we are stuck in a bubble that makes the exchange of ideas or the entry of any well-meaning advice nearly impossible.

That is why the adage – defense is the best offense – still holds true today. Simply put, it is absolutely imperative to take the bull by the horns. The more you run away from your fears and worries, the more they will enjoy hounding you. Sooner or later, you will have to give in to them and let them dictate your life. However, the day you decide to face them, you see how unfounded those concerns actually were. Soon, the dark clouds of fear begin to dissipate, leaving you – ironically – stronger than before, turning an adversity into an opportunity. And all it takes is some resolve and commitment to yourself and your goals. Chandragupta Maurya’s philosopher and royal advisor, Chanakya, had once commented: “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”