I am stealing the first two sentences from Seth Godin’s blog today. Check this out:
Hey, even the headline is a bummer. The first thing that they teach you at business book/blogging school is that “fun and easy” are the two magic words, followed, I guess, by “dummies.” Difficult and frightening are not part of the syllabus.
Alas, the work we’re being asked to do now, the emotional labor we’re getting paid to do, is frightening. It’s frightening to stand up for what we believe in, frightening to do something that might not work, frightening to do something that we have to be responsible for.
Fear drives many of our worst behaviors…and keeps us from doing our best work. There is the fear of looking stupid. The fear of making a mistake. The fear of wasting time. The fear of having to go back to the drawing board and do it again. The fear of being laughed at. The fear of discovering that our work isn’t new, isn’t interesting, or isn’t valuable.
Conquer the fear and do it anyway. Stop asking for everyone to validate your ideas before you move forward. Just move. Take heart and enjoy the adventure.
Thanks for listening.