This blog is a poke
A couple of years ago I wrote this post on my old blog when I was unsuccessfully trying to shift gears. Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box had just come out and inspired me to try something new.
The same is true of this blog, but I’ve learned one more thing from Seth since then: this might not work.
It’s a tiny, innocuous phrase, but it hold so much power.
How does our mindset shift when we tell ourselves that what we’re about to try might not work?
I’ve been working on this blog – or at least iterating a blog from the old Smile Through It site – for at least 3 or 4 months now. I’ve had the blog set up on my site with only the introductory post for close to a month. And I’ve been too scared to hit Publish and share it with the world. Too scared that people may not like it, may think I’m stupid, may think there’s nothing of value here.
But you know what? That’s OK.
It’s OK if no one reads this. It’s OK if my insights prove useless. It’s OK if people don’t want to share and tell other people about this blog. It’s OK because I already know it might not work.
When the Indie Film Hub failed, I felt pretty stupid. I felt pretty useless. I felt like I shouldn’t have tried in the first place. And all because I wasn’t willing to admit before hand that it might not work.
It’s about having permission, in my own head, to try something and to fail at it, for it not to go as planned. It’s about knowing before I start that failure won’t result in death or humiliation, simply in moving on to the next thing.
It’s about being content with the knowledge that sometimes, for many reasons, things don’t work.