And that can be terrifying.
Why start a section on Fear with Ten Things I Believe?
What you do proves what you believe. – inspirational TED talk by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek endorses a Why-How-What perspective of explaining who you are (as an author, company, movement). Most people start with What they do, then explain How they do it, and (maybe) get around to explaining Why. Simon says leading with Why allows you to connect with people in a profound way. As we’ll see later, fears are often based on losing that connection with others (ahhh, it all ties together).
So I’m leading with my Why’s first. Hopefully that will bring you along to the How and the What.
Ten Things I Believe
10) I believe that authors should take risks in their craft and their careers.
9) I believe in making your own luck.
8) I believe failure is what happens when you’re trying and success is what happens when you try again.
7) I believe every writer has the ability to improve and is a unique gift in the world.
6) I believe our successes inspire others and our failures prove we are human.
5) I believe the human mind is the most important resource on earth, and the human spirit is the most precious treasure we have to protect.
4) I believe technology is as good or evil as the hands that hold it.
3) I believe the forces of good are more powerful than the forces of evil.
2) I believe one passionate person can make difference in the world.
1) I believe writing is an act of courage that shows the world who you are.
I strive to make everything I do prove these things that I believe, including writing this book.
Okay, now we can dive into the How and What of battling those fears in the next chapter, Fear and the Creative Worker.