Fear Is The Mind Killer

Be Brave Enough To Be Bad At Something New - Jon Acuff

Fear of failure, fear of what others may think, fear of being unable to do something. It affects all of us in different areas of life. It can lead to stagnation, not achieving anything from over-preparation, and leads to so much unnecessary stress and lost potential.

You’re not alone. It happens to me more than I’d care to admit.

Let’s be brave! Let’s start that new project, take that trip, ask that person out, learn how to salsa.

There is no failure, because even if things don’t work out we will have new experience to build upon so that we get it right the next time.

Who’s with me? What will you start today?


While digging through the slag pile of Techdirt’s comments about how the RIAA spent $90 million lobbying the US government over the past decade, I uncovered this gem of a quotation, left by an anonymous commenter:

There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

The quote is taken from the 1939 short story “Life-Line” by Robert A. Heinlein, and to my mind is incredibly poignant today.

Are We Easily Distracted Or Just Lazy?

Leo Laporte, while talking about iPads and productivity on TWiT 270, said something which really resonated with me and which I have been saying for a very long time:

I increasingly feel like technology is more about distraction than actually productivity, or creation or innovation. It’s all just a bunch of shiny crap.

As I’ve said to Steven on Daily Brief many times “Welcome to the era of Tonka Toy computing”.

We’re so distracted by the shiny “here and now” of it all that we take the 5 minutes of cheap entertainment over being creative which is infinitely more valuable.

Perhaps it’s an issue of laziness?

Being creative and productive requires effort and thought, but in a world of effortless distraction why would you bother?