You have ideas, maybe lots of them. You spend hours, weeks, months, even years thinking about them, planning them, and examining the pros and cons from all angles.
But when push comes to shove, you find a million reasons not to do them!
They probably won’t work anyway, you tell yourself.
And what if you put your heart and soul into one of these projects and then it’s met with ridicule or, even worse, silence? Better to wait until everything is perfect.
The reality: Yes, it would hurt if your brainchild were met with indifference or derision, but what’s the alternative? Never taking a chance? Never seeing what you can really do? Stripping away the layers of creativity. until all that’s left is an inoffensive shell?
Perfection is an illusion, of course, and virtually every success story is preceded by a string of failures, sometimes spectacular.
Be willing to have your own.
Even if nothing turns out as you planned, you’ll learn plenty about what to do next time. At the very least, you’ll be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I gave it my best shot.”
- David Sack (modified by Amr Badran)