Anxious vs. Eager

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Most people miss use the word anxious when they really mean eager. Anxious comes from the root word anxiety.

We define anxious as experiencing failure in advance. Eager, its antonym, indicates anticipation.

When you hunt with anticipation, you will highlight the highs. You’ll double down on the things that will delight and push yourself even harder to apply the tactics and strategies which bring success. If this is going to work, might as well build something that’s going to be truly worth building.

If you hunt with anxiety, on the other hand, you’ll be covering the possible lost bets, you’ll be insuring against disaster and most of all, building deniability into all of your actions. When you hunt under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you’ll be blameless.

Not only is it more fun to hunt with anticipation, it’s often a self-fulfilling point of view.

Good Luck and Good Hunting,

Jim