Fear of success. It feels like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Doesn’t everyone want to be successful in some way? It sounds the same as if someone were to say they were afraid of puppies or ice cream or had a phobia of having too much happiness. When we hear that statement, we instantly associate it with someone who has a ton of potential, but for some reason, just refuse to tap into it.

Hardly ever is this notion a conscious thought, however. For most people, a fear of success is not so much a fear of finding prosperity as it is what that prosperity brings with it: lifestyle change, new friends, different career, etc. Because of that, we tend to sabotage our rise to the top in a misguided attempt to stay in a comfortable lifestyle. Why does it happen? Unfortunately, the reasons that people fear success is as diverse as the people who experience them.