It’s Day 2 of my 100 Day Shipping Challenge.
I wrote a 4,000+ words draft yesterday on Day 1. Thankfully, I was able to shorten it to just over 1,000+.
That itself is a small win!
Without the challenge, I would’ve stashed this post away under many incomplete drafts.
♣ UPDATE: my 100 Day Challenge is complete now. You can read about them below, before, during and after the challenge in order.
- Why I Started My 100 Day Challenge
- Popular Blog Posts Roundup (Halfway Through My 100 Day Challenge)
- 10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 100 Day Challenge
If writing is the easiest part of your creative endeavour, you may not understand why someone would struggle with it so much.
I wish I could be like you!
To be fair, writing itself isn’t difficult. I can fill posts after posts with gibberish. ha!
What I’m trying to do is to share my thoughts in a more constructive way since this skill doesn’t come naturally to me.
So, inspired by Seth Godin and his virtual encouragement (that’s available for everyone!), I’ll carry on with my newly adapted blue colour mentality for the next 98 days.
Show up and do the work.
And I know you have ambition too. Of course, you do.
You want to connect with others who share the same values, learn, improve yourself or even serve others through your ideas and creativity.
I also know precisely what is stopping you from instigating it.
The one thing you and I have in common as the biggest stumbling block?
Fear of uncertainty.
Fear of the unknown.
We both know our imagination is the busiest place of all.
Right now, my hyperactive imagination is particularly busy with:
What if I fail?
I’m only on my 2nd day into the unknown land. I don’t know what will happen after 100 days. That spikes my anxiety.
What if I still don’t master the clarity of my thinking (and writing) even after 100K+ words?
To be honest, I don’t want to think about it.
Imagine putting in so many hours’ work only to face zero improvements.
Gosh, that’s horrible just imagining it.
But what’s the alternative?
Hiding behind the fear? But we’ve been doing that for how long.
Do we want to have the same thought crossing our mind next year?
I wish I’d started last year?!
No way. So I’ll soldier on.
How about you?
Heroes and Mentors
Seth Godin said he’s not too keen on the idea of a mentor.
A mentor is not sustainable and gets us off the hook.
He prefers a hero and encourages us to ask questions like:
What would Bill Gates do?
I get it.
But so many incredibly successful men and women are out there. A lot of them are heroes we only get to see afar.
So many we wouldn’t have heard of in the pre-YouTube and Podcasts era.
Now all these amazing people are “accessible” at our fingertips. They don’t know about our existence.
That doesn’t matter one bit.
If you’re lucky, you might have a mentor or two with whom you form a direct relationship. Even if you don’t, it shouldn’t stop you from seeking out one.
So, what if it’s one-sided via social media or individual blog/website?
We’re living in such a wonderful time in that complete strangers can help you change your life.
Isn’t that amazing?
You may not always agree with your hero or mentor’s worldview or some stuff.
One thing is for sure: they walk the talk. They show you exactly what they did/do.
Success does leave clues.
The beauty of easy accessibility and diversity means we get to pick and choose. One nugget of wisdom from here and another from there.
If you’re burst with some ideas but fear is holding you back, look for your own heroes and mentors. Immerse yourself in their world.
Surround yourself with positivity and possibilities.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
A friend of mine recommended this book after her first public speaking.
She’s an utterly shy person. She was terrified at the prospect of standing in front of so many strangers.
But you know what?
She felt the fear and did it anyway.
Seth Godin terms the same principle as “dance with the fear”.
Trying to subdue our fear doesn’t work. We only give more power to it. Instead, we acknowledge its existence.
But know that it’s the time we really really can’t quit.
Because fear at that moment is telling us we’re onto something.
That very moment is the chance we can leap to the next level.
If my friend gave into fear and gave up on her first public speaking opportunity because she was terrified, she wouldn’t have had many more opportunities that have followed.
If Seth Godin gave up after 800+ rejection letters, he wouldn’t have published 19 books to his name today.
The Best Places to Find Your Heroes and Mentors
YouTube and Podcasts.
My favourite YouTube channel is Impact Theory. Sort it by “Most popular” and watch them in order. You can’t go wrong.
I thoroughly recommend you check out David Goggins’ interviews.
Having said that, it took a long time to get to Seth Godin on the channel. It’s funny though. Because his influence was the biggest of all enough to spur me on starting this challenge.
It goes to show not everything heroes and mentors say will resonate with you. Nor will they give you that much-needed kick in the butt every time.
It also means we need to keep learning. You never know who will be your next hero or mentor!
Remember starting is always the best place.
But definitely not as best as shipping.
Seth Godin on Tim Ferriss
I recently stumbled upon Tim Ferriss‘s interview with Seth.
It’s one of the best Seth Godin’s interviews.
Tim Ferries are really good at asking good questions. I previously avoided his podcast because most of them are way too long for me. But definitely worth a listen if you have time.
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