Why Your Comfort Zone Can Hold You Back From Your True Passion


Convincing yourself to take that risk – school, an investment, a job opportunity, etc. – and getting over that fear of failure can be the toughest challenge. Forward Thinking asked three instructors from the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University how someone who is used to making the safe decision can be convinced to follow their passion:


Dr. Avisha Sadeghinejad, Assistant Professor

“Some people stick to making safe decisions only because they are afraid of failure and afraid of getting blamed. They have not discovered the power of failure yet! Accept failures as they come along your way, learn from them, and move on. Dreams don’t come true while you are trapped in your comfort zone.”


Dr. Karen Ivy, Assistant Professor

“Following your passion requires you to sometimes reestablish your priorities. Sometimes focusing on your passion means stepping down from your organization’s higher functional title position to start your own company. Setting high priority on following your passion will provide the encouragement for you to step out of your comfort zone.”


Dr. Diane Hamilton, Assistant Professor

“I often write about how most of the famous entrepreneurs have failed at least once. It is not uncommon for them to keep failing until they succeed. That can be a hard pill to swallow; however, if it were easy, everyone would be rich. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves and realize that some of the best things we can learn are through failure. What is the point in giving up? I would rather fail and try again to get somewhere I want to be.”

Pursuing one’s passion was a topic discussed at the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City. The event hosted 250 of the world’s brightest and most accomplished women, including executives, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, celebrities, and politicians.

In the above video, you’ll hear what four of these women — Taryn Guerrero Davis, American Widow Project founder; Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO; Danielle Weisberg, TheSkimm.com co-founder; and Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador — said about taking risks and why hearing “no” is part of the journey to success.


Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education

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