I was puttering around the house listening to music the other day when the song Nothing Ever Happens by Rachel Platten came on. She sings about taking chances and risks and it got me thinking about how more often than not, it is our own fear of failure and rejection that prevents us from moving forward. We are often our own worst enemy and harshest critic and we just need to get out of our own way.
Most of my friends and colleagues see me as pretty fearless, but I'mma share a little secret with you: I'm terrified by a lot of things. What if something fails? What if something goes well and it changes my life in ways I can't foresee? What if I try something and ... nothing happens. What if people judge me? What if I judge myself?
The advice I always give myself and give to you today is this - don’t let fear hold you back. Start simple and get your ideas out of your head and on paper. Clearing your head and putting things on paper helps make space for other cool stuff to pop in there.
Once you've gotten over the initial fear hurdle by writing down your ideas and thoughts and plans, it's time to reach out and see who can help. None of us can do great work in a vacuum, no matter how awesome we think we are. Now more than ever, we have a multitude of social media platforms to meet people and ask for help. No one is off limits, especially with technology like Twitter leveling the playing field. Check out this short video with some great tips that are surefire ways to land a meeting with anyone.
Speaking of Twitter, I was chatting online today with a reporter who wrote a story about me when I had the crazy idea to cook my way through The French Laundry Cookbook and wrote the blog French Laundry at Home about my adventures in the kitchen teaching myself to cook. We reminisced about the good old days of blogging, and how much has changed when it comes to promoting your content. But still, at the core, blogging is both an art and science and it's a great discipline to have to distill thoughts and ideas and find your people to build an online and offline community.
On a completely unrelated note, I need these shoes. Like, NEED need. I need to hug whoever created these two-heeled shoes because they're gorgeous and I want to buy them.