Saw this on the back of a Starbucks cup this morning, inspirational enough to share: "The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating- in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life" --Anne Morris
I love the middle line, that 'fear parades itself as rational hesitation. One privilege (well, sometimes it's a privilege) of having started a company is that, one people know you've taken an idea to market, they feel inclined to tell you about their great ideas.
One such individual had been 'incubating an idea' since college. He was in his early 30s. When I asked why he hadn't gone for it yet, his answer was simply 'the timing just hasn't been right.'
I then launched into my typical ra-ra speech that it's hard, it's painful, you'll lose sleep, you'll cry, but nothing should stop you from pursuing it immediately, as long as you're passionate enough about it.
He'd allowed his fear of failure to manifest itself into a perpetual state of rational hesitation...which really is the worst place on earth to be. All you end up with is a bunc of 'woulda coulda shouldas' and a laundry list of excuses.
If you've been thinking about the same thing for over 10 years...it's probably time to start doing something about it.
Over at Seattle 2.0, Marcello has announced the Seattle 2.0 web awards, though without "Most Likely to Eat at Salumi's" Athleon will probably have to wait until next year. Nominate your favorites here: