Excited and Scared

When opportunity knocks, it’s equal parts exciting and scary. This is as it should be. If the opportunity was pure excitement, everyone would be doing it. It’s the scary bits that separate the amateurs from the professionals.

Pros seek out fear because they know that the greatest opportunities are twinned with it.

What did Joseph Campbell say? The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. This stage of the hero’s journey is called the Ordeal, and without it, the hero can’t be heroic.

Fear is a required part of the journey. When you see it, be glad. It means you’re on the right track.


About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women

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