One thing I’ve seen very concretely in my life is how much faster I progress when I’ve relied on my own creativity and ideas. When I’ve had FAITH in my ideas and especially when I’ve been ready to take a risk and be OK with the idea of failing…
The level at which I progress literally eclipses the opposite situation…
See… We have a habit of having an idea and then asking everyone around us what they think. It’s natural. We like to feel supported. We like to feel accepted.
The reality is that we are just scared and by getting someone else (anyone – even if they are not qualified) to agree with us, it brings us a sense of confidence (even if this is completely wrong).
But…this is a very risky place to be. Most ideas we have will never be supported or even understood by those around us. Most importantly, I can bet that 95% of those we seek opinions from are not even properly qualified to give it!
So we risk being led wrongly.
The first few years of my career – I remember being a rogue! I didn’t care what others thought – I was going to do what I wanted. If I failed, so what? On to the next… 🙂
Then…I started seeing some bad days. I had some back to back failures and suddenly my fear grew and I always wanted the advice and opinion of others to confirm my thoughts. Well, if you ask 10 people, you’ll rarely getting any concrete conclusion. Quickly this led to a major demise in my life. My greatest talent as an Entrepreneur was left paralyzed.
No ideas would progress. Nothing new was happening. Nothing was being created!
Then – again about 2 years ago, I took a more rogue approach. I began to believe in myself. I began to do what I wanted. I lost the fear of failure.
Today… Well… I feel blessed that I learned such a major lesson so early in my life.
So, what’s my point? Trust yourself. Trust your gut. Who cares what others think? Who cares if you fail?
Just do it. 🙂