The Opinions Of Others
Let's talk about the opinions of other people.
This is an issue that I think is very, very important and worthy of discussion. We spend far too much time worrying about what other people will think of what we do, especially in the creative fields.
We sit around and stew and stew before we will put something out because we're worried about what the opinion of it will be.
We don't take chances.
We don't take risks.
We don't do the things that we feel in our gut are good and fruitful and worth pursuing because of fear, because of fear of other people's opinions.
I believe that is the absolute incorrect way to go about doing anything.
Now, don't get me wrong, I certainly fall victim to this too. I've gotten way better at it as I've gotten older and as my career has progressed, but when I was in my early twenties, I was oftentimes paralyzed by fear and didn't release material as a result.
I didn't put stuff out because of fear, because I was afraid of what somebody else's opinion was going to be.
But it seems to me that nobody who ever produced or released or hit publish on anything worthwhile, nobody who ever put out a body of work ever let the fear win. They either disregarded the fear altogether or exercised courage in the face of that fear of other's opinions and put it out anyway.
That is what being bold is all about.
So, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of talented people, or there are a lot of opinions, too often those people, those opinions can be very cynical.
And those cynical opinions are often fear-based.
People will talk trash behind your back or talk trash about each other or somebody else to you. That behavior is rooted in fear. "I'm afraid that this person is going to be more successful than me, so I'm going to bad mouth them."
Don't be a party to those conversations and don't let those conversations affect your decision-making.
You have to hit publish.
You have to be bold.
You have to be courageous.
If you want to achieve anything that's actually worth achieving, you've got to push back against the fear and not care about what anybody else thinks about it.
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