I haven’t even begun my twenties and yet the number of people that I’ve interacted with over the last couple of years blows my mind every time I think about it.
I received a nice, heartfelt email yesterday that reminded me why I do the things that I do.
I find it is interesting that you’re a CS guy, but still giving the time to discover the critical truth of different society issues. Speaking of unconventional ideas to express your vision and beliefs on this changing dynamic cultural, socio-economic world. It’s very fun and compelling!
Growing up, I was the kid that had too much energy, couldn’t sit still, and laughed at anything that made a noise. But deep down, I was afraid. I was afraid of stepping too far out of line, afraid that people wouldn’t like me, or afraid that I would become a failure.
In the beginning, blogging scared me. Just like how public speaking is one of the biggest fears in the world, I was also afraid of what people would think about what I had to write. I published my first few blog posts afraid of who would read it. The irony was that I wanted to build an audience, but I was also afraid of people reading it and disagreeing with what I had to say.
It wasn’t until I understood the value of being myself that I began to write more regularly and freely.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has faced these kinds of doubts and fears. Think about it, how many of you know people (or can identify yourself) in any of the following?
- I don’t think anyone cares about what I have to say.
- There are millions of people much better than me.
- I’m not a good communicator.
- I don’t have the time to share my thoughts.
- I’m afraid of what other people will think.
These little fears are thoughts that ultimately limit and paralyze you from doing what you were created to do. And it’s interesting that we are usually the ones that tell ourselves these fears. The biggest obstacle between us and our potential is usually ourselves.
I had to make a decision along my blogging career. I had to decide that blogging was something that I wanted to take seriously, and that I wanted to overcome my fears and put myself out there. I had to make the decision to become digitally extroverted (even though I’m an ambivert) in order to connect and build relationships with the people that I have.
And looking back, it’s better on this side. Trust me.
Leave a comment (or respond to this email) with one fear that you face, and what impact that fear has had on you.