The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself

“The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself!” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.

I can’t remember when did I hear this sentence first time, but I remember my grandfather spent a few hours of explaining The Great Depression in the 1930s. The Great Depression, which was the longest, deepest and most widespread economic depression in the 20th century.

The Great Depression, the longest, deepest and most widespread economic depression started from Black Tuesday (29 October 1929). Many people lost their jobs and home. Farmers had to pour milk and dump oranges into Mississippi River; the unemployment rate was extremely high. Many countries did not recover from it until the 1940s.

In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in the presidential election. 4th of March 1933, he delivered a presidential inauguration speech. This was the first time that the sentence was mentioned. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” During his first 100 days of the presidency, Roosevelt instituted the New Deal – designed to produce relief, recovery and reform. During his first presidency, the economy improved rapidly.

What Is Happening Now?

Nowadays, many people struggle to find jobs, chase their dreams. Most of the time, people will experience frustration. No doubt at all. Some of my friends may say,

‘I have sent out dozens of resumes, but I have not received a reply yet!’

‘It’s pretty hard to find a job in this industry as mining boom has gone.’

‘No one wants to hire a graduate, people are looking for experienced employees.’

‘Everyday, I spent a few hours in front of my laptop to search jobs…’

What will these comments bring us?

Fear. I admit it myself, these comments will definitely bring us fear. They will terrify us, kill our passion and drain our energy. I remember I used to sit in the park myself, keep asking myself what should I do, should I leave here, extra. Don’t doubt it, human beings will always try to escape from it and I am one of them.

One afternoon, I read an article about The Great Depression. “The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself!” catches my eyes again. I got up and talked to my wife, ‘Can you please review my resume and I want to send them out AGAIN!’ After waiting and waiting, I got an interview and eventually, it became a job.

What Do I Learn From It?

What I learn from it is simple —- Never Giver Up and Be Patient.

I sent out dozens of resumes and never got a reply. Why? I sat down with my wife and found out resume need to be tailored or cover letter needs to be modified, etc. It could be any reason.

The most important thing is, be patient. I know it is very hard. Just be patient, and it will come to you when it’s the time. Most important, don’t let the fear control you, as it will keep you stuck where you are. Keep moving forward, even tiny step. Don’t stay where you are.

Fear is nothing, you can’t see it, smell it or feel it. It’s not fair that if you are controlled by the fear. Remember, there is always a solution.


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