Sticking your neck out

Rob Paterson blogged recently about feeling scared and lost. I made an off the cuff comment about the time when you are not scared and lost being the time you really have to worry.

Today in a Twitter DM Thomas Power said “Values and beliefs are tested everyday online”.

I never underestimate what I am asking people to do when I advocate saying what they think on a blog. Especially in the world of business this takes real courage. Not everyone will agree with you, some may think you are mad, and sometimes you will regret saying what you did. Sometime the response you get will shake your confidence and make you challenge your assumptions.

Someone remarked to me the other day how brave they thought I was saying what I do in public. I don’t feel brave, I feel scared a lot of the time, I feel scared posting this blog post. Publishing my book may be the scariest thing I have ever done.

But if your not scared  maybe you are  not pushing yourself hard enough …?

4 thoughts on “Sticking your neck out

  1. There is something life affirming about doing dangerous things – Why do people climb mountains? I wonder Euan, in modern organizations, everything is tamped down to avoid any risk. Does this take life out of the people?What do we feel for each other when we take risk with others or not? Here is a bit from William Manchester's bio of his time in WWII as a marine – when he leaves the safety of his hospital ship to rejoin his comrades to face almost certain death – the reason is Love am thinking more and more that we need to do dangerous things with each other to bring us back to full life


  2. The title of this post caught my attention because it is January and I did a whole lot of brainstorming over the holidays. It felt great at the time, but now I need to act. It would be so much easier to stand still.But forward I go – wish me luck!


  3. "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." ~ T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Fear of the unknown is our greatest fear. Many of us would enter a tiger’s lair before we would enter a dark cave. While caution is a useful instinct, we lose many opportunities and much of the adventure of life if we fail to support the curious explorer within us.” ~ Joseph Campbell


  4. I like this post, as it reminds me that the feeling of 'how the hell is this going to work out' is pretty natural if you're actually going to try to do something new and worthwhile. Anything that doesn't scare you at least a little is probably something that someone less talented should be having a go at 🙂


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