Blogging is one of the best ways to share with other people something you learned. One thing I always hear people say when I tell them to blog is that they are scared.
- they don't have anything new to say
- that it might be wrong
- that it won't be good enough
- they don't know what to blog about
All of those are legit concerns! but before I get too far into writing this post I want to share this video by Will Smith on fear if you have time watch it and let me know what you think.
To sum the video up Will Smith says that basically before we even do something we let our mind build up all these scenarios that are negative and we start to even have physical pain.
But when we actually follow through with it we feel bliss and we wonder why we let ourselves get all worked up in the first place. There's no reason to be scared because nothing is actually happening. We get scared of what MIGHT happen.
The majority of the time those things don't even happen.
"The best things in life are on the other side of terror"
I'm not going to lie I "feel" a little fear writing this post but it won't stop me and I have been every time I posted a blog. My mind jumps to all the bad things people might say etc. But those things never happen. I'm not saying they won't but there's no reason to hold back from the world because of maybe's
I can always delete my post and try again it won't end my career.
Don't block your opportunities because of fear
Blogging and sharing knowledge and being helpful is one of the best things you can do for your career you never know where it can lead and while it may pose some risk to your ego maybe. But isn't landing your dream job worth the risk? Isn't building relationships with people you admire worth the risk?
To quote another Will Smith line this was from "After Earth" I've only seen this movie once but this line stuck with me ever since.
Please watch this clip it's only 1:23
Fear is not real it's a product of our thoughts and imagination
I've been scared to do so many things like write blog posts, speak at meetups, be on podcasts, be on twitch streams, start a podcast, heck even tweeting people and much more but going through with all those things has lead to even more amazing opportunities and allowed me to meet more people.
If I would have listened to my thoughts I would have missed out on all the great things that come from taking those risks.
People love risk-takers, everyone you admire felt those same fears and will really respect you for following through despite them. That's a career hack on another level.
I'm not saying your fears aren't real, that anxiety doesn't exist or trolls who live to make people feel like crap don't exist.
But don't let those things hold you back from living your best life.
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