Life Lessons

Fear Selling

Why I Despise this type of “Motivation”

Paul Thomas Swann
3 min readApr 29, 2021


Photo by Vadim Bogulov on Unsplash

Did I just use a big hairy spider to induce you to read my article about fear?

Yes. Yes, I did.

A friend invited my wife and me out to supper once. I thought it strange that there were about 20 other couples there also. Turns out, he had reserved part of the restaurant to show us a video of a Christmas tree in a home.

Sounds pleasant

But in a matter of seconds, the Christmas tree ignited into flames destroying the house in less than a few minutes. “This is what happens if you don’t have a good alarm,” said my friend, who was, as it turns out, was trying to sell all of us a home alarm system that would trigger a horn loud enough to wake my wife’s cousins — in Russia.

We left without buying.

Fear is nt usually something that encourages me to make a large purchase.

When I sense any pressure to buy from a car salesman or any other salesperson for that matter, I walk away. I have never believed that fear is the best thing to produce long-lasting changes or commitments to do things a certain way.

Fear produces, well, more fear and panic and mostly nothing good. Unless you are frightened by a lion in your…