A friend of mine that runs a creative company in NYC has a Fear Jar on his desk. It’s purpose and M.O. go like this: whenever anyone in the office says something driven by fear, they have to put $1 in the Jar.
At the end of the first year, there was enough money in the jar to finance the company’s holiday party.
To me, the interesting thing about the Fear Jar isn’t the insane amount of fear (and generated money) itself, but rather, my friend’s definition of the fear. It encompasses:
This President was smart enough to know that every one of these feelings/behaviors is sourced from fear. And many of them all boil down to this—it’s actually a fear of something…and I’ve seen it stop so many plans, intentions and successes right in their tracks: it’s the fear of failure.
Once during pre-production for an upcoming meeting, I watched the VP of Sales become rather agitated at several production meetings. What I came to find out was, it wasn’t that she was angry at or frustrated with me and the team — though that’s how it seemed. When I dug a little deeper with her, I found out her behavior was the result of her fear of presenting in the round — a seating environment the rest of her team was really excited about.
As often happens, once we discussed it and helped her prepare, her fear subsided…and so did her anger. She presented on that center stage like a champ, flawless execution. And I didn’t even charge her the dollar.
What would happen if you had a Fear Jar on your desk? How full would it be if you opened it up to your office, your community, your family. What if it was just for you?
How ‘rich’ would you be?