Excellent article by Ryan Holiday about succesful people and their mentors, manipulation, and power. How to Be a Professional Son (or Daughter).
Seth Godin on fear of failure and fear of actual risk:
It’s essential that we differentiate between things that remind us of fear and those that are actually risky. In our adult world, the most valuable activities are actually inconvenient, fraught with the fear of failure and apparently un-do-able. – Seth Godin