What Harry Potter Can Teach You About Confidence


Fear is something we can not get rid of. In this Oftentimes harsh and nasty world full of uncertainties, it is only natural that we fear something, especially failure. However, the sad truth is that because we worry too much about failing, we quickly turn our backs to our goals. Oftentimes, we choose the smoother and safer road and sacrifice our dreams rather than choose the more difficult and rougher path that will lead us to our dreams.

However, though, as cliché as it may sounds, if we want to succeed in life, we have to face our fears, especially our fear of failure.

I remember a conversation between Harry Potter and Professor Albus Dumbledore (of the JK Rowling's Harry Potter series). Professor Dumbledore, feeling the growing power of the Dark Lord Voldemort, said to Harry, "The time has come, Harry, in which you have to choose between what is easy and what is right." Harry knows that, someday soon, he will have to face the dark wizard of all. Now, he can easily have chosen to walk down the safer path and just sit down at school and waited for their doomsday.

But, as heroic as he is, he chose to lay down his life and face all of wizardom's greatest fear, even though as being only a teenage wizard who has not even finished school, he sees to have not any chance in winning against the Dark Lord. He did not know if he would succeed or fail, but no matter the consequences, he still faced fear in the eyes. He got bruised, respected, and was almost expelled from school, but this did not deter him from reaching his goal.

He fell down more than a hundred times but every time he did, he only rose up again. He sacrificed his own safety and security because he wanted to achieve their goal: to destroy Lord Voldemort once and for all.

Now, not all of us have to face what Harry Potter had to face, but we are always confronted with choices where we have to choose between doing the easier thing and doing the right thing.

But, always, our dreams are always at the other end of the harder path. So if we want to achieve our dreams, we have to walk down through this rough path.

Every once in a while we will for sure stumble down and whether we choose to grieve over our fall or choose to stand up, the world will continue spinning and time will continue moving. The world will not wait for us to recover.

Source by Tyler Franklin