Do What Scares You
I used to be afraid of a lot of things. In fact I could honestly say I was afraid of everything.
I distinctly remember watching the first Batman movie when I was eight years old. I couldn’t sleep for a week because I thought Jack Nicholson was going to crawl out of my closet at any second.
I never learned to swim because I was afraid of the water. And then when I got to middle school age I didn’t even go in the pool anymore because I was afraid of taking my shirt off and showing off my little man boobs (they didn’t call me “sumo” for nothing). To this day I’m a very mediocre swimmer because of my late start.
All throughout high school and through most of college I was terrified of girls. My friends used to make fun of me because I was one of the biggest kids in school, but when a cute girl talked to me I’d shrink down mentally to the size of a little boy.
After I graduated college I didn’t even think about taking a job out of state, much less out of the city where I had grown up since I was a baby. That would be way too scary. So I stayed in Tucson and worked jobs that didn’t challenge me and lived at home with my parents until I was 24.
When I decided I was moving to Columbus, OH to get my MBA at Ohio State I was terrified. I had never lived more than 15 minutes away from my parents. I was 27 years old and I had never even lived in an apartment. But I took that first step, and then another, and then another and now here I am.
Fast forward to today and in the past year I’ve experienced more amazing things than I did in the first 29 years of my life. My advice for kicking your life into a whirlwind of nonstop awesomeness?
Do what scares you.
For the most part I have completely crushed fear out of my life. I jump out of airplanes, do back flips off of bridges, slide down bobsled tracks face first at 65 mph, dance in front of hundreds of people like I’m in my living room, and open up conversation with anyone in a 3 foot vicinity of me (no matter how attractive, wealthy, or scary they are).
I’ve been on this fast and furious fearless streak for the past year or so, but I’ve come across some serious resistance lately.
David and I are currently working on a project that will be the biggest undertaking of my life so far. I’m sure it will be a huge success, but the magnitude of the project is unlike anything I’ve ever done.
And it scares the shit out of me.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple of years, it’s that the things you should be doing are often those that you are most afraid of. So I’m going to push through and face these fears head on.
On Friday (in less than 48 hours) I’ll announce a project that will change the lives of David and I forever. We will never be the same once it’s finished. I have tons of fears, uncertainties, and what ifs running through my mind.
Which only means I’m on the right path.