It’s often hard to get over some thoughts. The thought of failing often hunts us in a way we dread. When you are trying to get from one level of your life to the next, one of the most helpful things you can do is have an extended period of deep learning.
In the good old days, a young boy or girl seeking to learn a craft typically underwent periods of intense study with, and devotion to, a master of the craft. This was called an “apprenticeship” and their main function was to create a level of mastery that only practical application can provide through years of trial and error.
The most groundbreaking scientists in the world are not the ones who get the highest scores on a degree exam. They are the ones who can take complex principles from calculus and physics out of the textbook, simplify them and apply them to real world scenarios to build things that improve humanity.
The best fighters on the planet aren’t the ones who’ve spent the most time shadowboxing in the corner. The real champions are the ones who have been hit repeatedly in the ring.
In order to grow and realise your true potential, you’re going to have to expose yourself and your weaknesses to the elements. There’s no safe way. There’s no “sugar free” option.
So instead of avoiding these changes, what I’m suggesting is that you immediately and intentionally undergo a forced period of rapid study, rapid production and trial by fire designed to make you more creative and knowledgeable about your own skills/abilities.
The ultimate goal is to get you out of your head and ultimately, urge you to produce something. After all, the root of all productivity is production.
All of us have a duty to create great work and share it with the world. That’s the price of being here on earth. If you’re not making anything new, you’re not paying your rent to live here.
If an idea stays in your head, it did not happen. You don’t get points for epiphanies.
You can create change in yourself by building better habits. You can create change for others by pulling them up when they’re down and giving them opportunities. And you can create change in the world by leaving something behind that’s uniquely yours.
So, it doesn’t really matter if you feel “ready” or if you are “sure” of yourself. Just feel the fear and do it anyway!
Step out now.