Facing your fears

Investing is a pretty scary proposition. You worked so hard for this extra money and you want to put it somewhere where it will be safe, grow and pay dividends.

IFO has faced this fear herself and has lost money on some of her investments. While it wasn’t fun, it wasn’t fatal either and she learned valuable lessons along the way.

One lesson she’s learned, and just re-learned today, is that you have to face and overcome your fear. Oh, sure, that’s easy to say. What’s to be scared of in the safe life of a person who is fully invested and has a growing client list of publications that want her to write for them?

How about a trip to the dentist? How about such a trip when you are totally afraid of getting a needleful of anaesthetic euphemistically called “numbing?” IFO is so afraid of that needle that she gets all of her dental work done without it. This stuns and amazes dentists and dental assistants.

The only time IFO ever laughed while getting drilled on was when she saw the faces of her dentist and the assistant, grimacing in sympathetic pain. So she thought she was pretty tough… until…

Root canal! Yep, her dentist informed her that’s what she’d have to have. We discussed the options. The dentist was strongly in favor of total numbing. IFO was wavering. Fortunately, the dental assistant suggested that IFO get a radio and earphones. That reminded us that we had heard, and frankly disbelieved, the reports of just such a plan. We decided to try it.

So, after loading up with a tablet of Ibuprofen (allopathic medicine), a double-dose cup of Tension Tamer Tea (naturalpathic medicine), several squirts of Emotional Emergency drops (homeopathic medicine) and several stories she’d picked up during the week of people who had undergone root canals “with no problem at all,” (psychiatric medicine), she put her little tape recorder and earphones in her bag and headed off to the fateful appointment.

Would she be able to bear the pain that she was assured would be excruciating? Or would she have to give up her macho pretenses and allow “numbing?”

Well, folks, not to keep you in suspense, we can proudly say we got through the entire procedure without a bit of anaesthetic from the dentist! The biggest help was the tape recorder. We tested it and found it was really doing the trick. Tape on – no pain. Tape off – pain!

So, once again, we faced a major fear and came out on the other side a stronger, prouder, more confident woman!


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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