If I wrote based on a critique of my writing, or I did my podcast based on a critique of my interview skills I’d probably quit immediately.
I don’t give a shit. It’s that simple. I do this because I LOVE to do it and I believe I have something to share. If you don’t like it, I’m cool with that.
People don’t go to the gym because they don’t like the way they look. They don’t write books because they’ve been told by someone how hard it is and how many rejections big time authors get. People don’t do podcasts or create videos because they don’t like the way they look on camera or they hate the sound of their voice. People don’t start that business they’ve been dreaming about for years because they’ve never done it before or don’t know how to sell, market and so forth. People don’t approach those they’re attracted to for fear of rejection or a belief that they are out of their league.
You’re going to die. You know that right? No matter what you do, you will die. Life will not wait for you to get the balls to take the first step and do something you know in your heart you should be doing. There’s no overtime in this game. You either live YOUR life, or you sit back, go through the motions and just wait.
Take that trip, ask her out, write that book, start the blog, share your story, cry out loud, call her, try-out for the team, try-out for the part, ask for a raise, start that business, learn a new language, take cooking classes, go to the gym – then keep going, get healthy, call your Mom or Dad and just say thanks – do it now, put a ring on it, say sorry, sing out loud, book that hot air balloon ride, face a fear, send in the application to be on that show, ask for help.
I have two little girls and we were watching “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon. There’s a scene where he’s talking to his son who is expressing his fear of approaching a girl he likes. He tells his dad (Damon) “It’s like you embarrass yourself if you say something…..you embarrass yourself if you don’t”. Then Damon turns to his son and says “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Anytime my kids are scared to do something I repeat that line and they go for it.
So whatever it is on your bucket list that you’ve created a barrier of excuses and fears to avoid I say to you today as you read this blog:
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
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