Afraid to be great

People are mostly afraid to fail, to be wrong, to make mistakes, but there are also people that are afraid to be great, to succeed, to make something memorable, to create, to innovate.

People who fear being great are doing it because once you have done something really good, something memorable, the next time you will have to step up and come up with something of the same value, at least.

Also, creating something great means that things will change, that you will have to adjust to the new situation. This means adjusting to something new, getting out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself.

Fear comes from the unknown, from the fact that something is going to change but no one knows exactly in what way. This is one of the things that success will do. It’s going to change everything and some people are too scared to even try it.

Doing something great will change your life. It’s up to you what it’s going to be like.

Hard work produces wealth

Not all the time. It’s not only about hard work, it’s also about working smart, about creating value for others, and being indispensable and memorable.

Many people still think that hard work is all that’s needed. Others will compensate by doing the same thing with less effort, with better technology, with creativity, and with innovation.

No one really cares about how hard you work, how many hours you spend creating your projects, or how much you invest. They care about how you meet their needs, the value you bring, the emotional implication, the way you make them feel.

The products you create are about your customers and not about the hard work you put in.


More is more

More involvement.

More knowledge and skills.

More risks.

More facing your fear.

More emotional connection.

Even if some might think that more is less, it turns out that the more you offer the better your costumers, clients, and partners will appreciate you and your work. People appreciate generosity, involvement and caring.

Instead of searching for ways to offer less and gain more, which rarely works, focus on offering more. The more you offer the more appreciation you will receive, the better the feedback and rewards.

Effort and results

The Pareto principle, or the 80-20 rule, is quite simple. 20 percent of your effort is going to bring 80 percent of the results. If you judge your activity by this rule it means that almost everything you do is not going to bring enough results for you to spend time and effort on.

Some time ago Coca Cola representatives admitted that half of their marketing budget is a waste of money, but at the same time they admitted that they have no clue on which part they should cut. The same applies to every day activities.

When it comes to personal development everything influences our evolution. Everything, no matter how small it may seem, might have a huge influence in the long run. This is one reason why most people try to do as many things as possible, experiment, gain experience and skills that might turn out to be useful in a future situation.

It’s hard to find a balance between effort and results. Some will rather focus only on what will bring them immediate results while others will rather expand their knowledge and capabilities in order to profit from this in the future.

Either way, effort, even if now it may seem not to be worth it, will prove itself useful in the long run.

Being everywhere

There are a lot of things going on each second. A lot of gigs, events, conferences, shows, meetings with a lot of interesting people to connect, ideas to share and embrace, and lots of projects to be part of. No matter how interesting and tempting all of them might be you will have to filter them, decide where to go and which of them to ignore.

Some people will ignore this and try to be present at every single thing that happens. They will sacrifice their free time, their sleep time and even part of their work time in order to be there. They go that far that they turn this into their mission.

No matter how interesting this might seem, the truth is that most events are not worth wasting your time being there. Even if ideas, projects, and networking are extremely important, they consume a lot of time and energy that you could dedicate to your work, to your art.

All of these events are important once you have done your part, created something, done the hard work and you need that extra something, that idea to help you improve or move on, the person that can help you improve. Until then, all of these are just a way of wasting time and staying away from the important work you have to do. It’s a way to let your fear take control and move you away from what you should be doing.

Instead of trying to be everywhere, try to be able to make the most of everything you attend. Focus on your art and only afterwards on other things.