The Cave You Fear To Enter – Joseph Campbell Quote – Thoughts On Confronting Fear

The Cave You Fear To Enter – Joseph Campbell Quote – Thoughts on Confronting Fear

If you’re someone who struggles with ordinary fear – fear of the unknown or fear of failure – or someone with an anxiety disorder who suffers from more fear than the usual person, you may find the following content helpful.

The Cave You Fear to Enter – J. Campbell’s Quote Meaning

From the Awakened Entrepreneurship blog; Excerpts:

The quote “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” is attributed to Joseph Campbell. It means that one of the paths you see before you but are afraid to take ultimately leads to self-actualization, even if you have to leave the ordinary world behind.

…Given what the cave means to us humans on the subconscious level, it is no wonder that we have the fear of entering it. 

…And now, we must take action and go boldly into such a seemingly unwelcome place.

[The blog post then goes on to list several different examples or areas of life where it can benefit you greatly to face your fears – to enter into that scary cave]

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek – from the Maria Erving blog

The Cave You Fear To Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek


by Phil Hunter

Fear is the biggest blocker of dreams.

If you want to get ahead in life, and achieve success, you must come against this troublesome obstacle and cultivate the courage to overcome your fears.

The bad news, fear never completely goes away.

The good news, you can learn to manage, overcome and deal with it, by understanding it, and choosing how you respond to the physiological and chemical response that fear produces. You can turn fear into excitement.



Here’s my personal interpretation of this: no one is coming to rescue you. 

No one is going to make you write that business plan. 

No one is going to tell you to stop smoking or to loose those 30 pounds. 

No one will magically fix your relationship. 

There is no hero in the story of your life but you. 

I’m not saying that there aren’t going to be characters that you’ll meet along the way that can help, but what I’m saying is that it is ultimately YOU who will have to walk into that scary and dark cave alone.  


The good news is…YOU are the hero! And here’s a three-part plan to help you begin the hero’s journey:

1) Start now – Stop thinking that there will be a perfect, magical moment to begin walking into that cave. Transformation is like a waking a sleeping lion – it will always be terrifying and you will never want to do it. But you can do it. Start now. 

[Please visit their blog post to read the remainder of their advice]

video on You Tube: What Makes a Hero?


Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – The Self Help Book by Susan Jeffers

You’re Not Failing Enough by Diane Paddison

Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

The Secrets of Resilience by M. Jay

How To Elevate Yourself When Your Job Search and Life are Dragging You Down by J. Kelly

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

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