More On Fear

As humans, we are a mass of emotions; for the most part, feelings rule our lives. Humans have the blessing of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and more, but feelings are a “within” phenomenon. We may think we can hide what we feel and are able to present an impassive front. This may be true with some, but not with those that are perceptive and close to us. As the saying goes, “we can run, but we cannot hide.”

“Fear” is my title, so I’ll stick with this emotion and share my experiences with you as usual. As a child, maybe 9 or 10, I know that when in a threatening situation, I went at it instead of running from it. As best I remember, I never ran from anything or anyone. I recall my newspaper corner, where I made a couple of bucks selling the paper. Now and then, someone wanted my corner, so fights were not infrequent. I never lost my corner.

We had a bully on the elementary school playground. He frightened and bullied everyone but me. One day he picked on a girl in my class, and I challenged him to bully me, and he came right at me, knocking me to the ground. I got up and walloped him so hard that he began to bleed. Then, I hit him again, and he fell to the ground and stayed there.  I was sent to the principal’s office, where he told me not to fight, yet he congratulated me for beating the bully. He asked, “what did you hit him with?” and demanded I never tell anyone of our talk. I have and just did again.  Oh well!

The story of the Typhoon has been told. If I was going to drown, I needed to see it happen. I learned a lot about myself. I know I felt fear but also awe and challenge. Challenge turns me on, not off. I know fear, but I overcome it when I feel it and use it to be my best. Who knows?


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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