What is it that keeps people from following their dreams? In my first post, I discussed that society has something to do with it. Society changes people’s dreams overtime, making them less and less unique. But even the dreams that stick with people into adulthood often do not come true. Why? Because of fear. Fear is the destroyer of dreams. Fear of sacrifice, of failure, of disappointment, of the unknown. Fear in general is crippling; it keeps people from realizing their potential. Some people are more naturally risk-takers, and fear is not a huge concern for these people. In the words of J.K. Rowling, “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” But for those who are naturally risk-averse, I believe the thing that can help people overcome their fears is… another fear. The fear of regret. For those who are naturally risk-averse, fearing regret can be a good substitute for natural pluck.