éxitophobia: the fear of success

Because you’re considering contacting me to be a speaker for your future event, I’d like you to check out my recent posts at my companion blog.

Over the past three months, I’ve been posting a series based upon one of my popular talks, or seminars.  It deals with the Fear of Success, for which I coined a word:  I call it éxitophobia – like agoraphobia.  It is based on the Spanish word, éxito, with an accent mark above the e, which means success.  This is a project that will ultimately be compiled into an e-book.

If you’d like to explore some of my thoughts, observations and solutions about this corporate and personal fear, then click on this link:

And these are the types of outside-the-box insights that I will bring to your event.  You can also read about some of the results of my work in the “Testimonials” section of this website, as well as some of my more popular talks and seminars under the “Favorite Topics of Audiences” tab.

Besides preparing my latest installment about the Fear of Success, it’s been a busy month.  It began in northern Washington, celebrating Fourth of July with two of my sons, my daughter-in-law, my brother and sister-in-law.   This included visiting the airfield that is home to a helicopter service, which will be a future experience and article topic.  After sundown, we fired off some awesome fireworks, especially the ones that I bought in Washington.  I have realized that one of the activities I truly enjoy in life is firing off fireworks.  I originally realized this while living in Mexico, where they sell truly incredible ones, and Christmas is the normal season to do fireworks, although cities and states also put on spectacular displays on the night of El Grito, September 15, which is the eve of Independence Day.

Then I helped my other son and daughter-in-law, along with two of our grandchildren, move out here from Colorado.  My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also are in the process of moving locally, after a two-week trip to Mexico to visit family.  And my wife and I are sorting and downsizing stuff that we’ve had in boxes for years.  All of this upheaval and transition has made me feel a little unstable, but a book that is super helpful for me at this juncture is Making It All Work, by David Allen, which is his sequel to Getting Things Done. I am listening to it on CD because it is more compatible with my normal routine, which is to listen to talk radio.  Allen makes the indispensable distinction between capturing ideas, goals, reference material, etc. — which I am good at — and clarifying their meaning.  This forms the foundation for how to sort stuff.  In a future blog post, I will write about our experience of truly downsizing, which is something that many of us Baby Boomers are facing.

Lee Cuesta

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