Be the next step

A lot of people know what needs to be done but don't want to do what needs to be done. This is what prevents people from doing great things. 

Whether it's because of a fear of failure, apathy,  laziness, an unwillingness to relinquish control—or all of these things combined or some other reason—being a knower who isn't a doer can be dangerous territory to live in.

Just think about it for a second.

How many of us know that person—that person who can come up with a million reasons why that presentation, system, meeting, or project isn't as good as it should be, but they are completely unwilling to help do what needs to be done to make it better?

We all know that person; don't really like or want to be that person, but if we're being honest, all of us have been that person at one point or another—whether outwardly or inwardly—and we need to be conscious of how much this prevents excellent work from happening.

It's easier to know the next step, and harder to be the next step. But all of us need to know and be the next step. So we don't end up being that person.

I think about fighter jets, and how every person piloting them needs to know and do what needs to be done. Or else the consequences are catastrophic.

Who cares what everyone says

Yesterday I wrote about fear in general and today I'm writing about fear in specific. Namely, the fear of criticism, because many of us shy away from sharing our work because we're afraid we'll be criticized. 

Well, let me save you the suspense. You will be criticized if you share your work with people, because people love to be critics more than they love to be creatives—especially if what you're creating and sharing is awesome. Because criticism is easy, and creativity is hard.

The moment you realize that you’re not trying to reaching everyone, but someone(s) who sees the world in the way you see it and believes what you believes—or at are least curious about how you view the world and what you believe—you're putting yourself in the perfect place to reach and engage people, and in the process, start forgetting about the haters.

Gone are the days of unidirectional, to the masses, media. Here are the days of fringe cultures and tribes; direct communication and interaction. So stop worrying about what everyone says and thinks, and start thinking about what you love to think about, and then start sharing your thoughts.

If you keep thinking about or are excited about something, chances are somebody—notice I said somebody not everybody—else is, and you need to give that thing a voice or put a name to it. And who knows? Maybe you'll start being a tribe leader and fringe culture ambassador. But you'll never know if you forge out and try.

You may be driving in a blue Volkswagen van among other, newer, cars with people in them who are laughing at you, but there are others out there with the same kind of van. And they'll think you're too legit to quit.