“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art


Want to know a little secret?  Everyone is scared as shit.  Warren Buffet’s scared about blowing an investment.  Oprah is scared about fumbling over an interview. Even LeBron shakes a little bit in his head when the ball is in his hands at the end of a game.  

Being scared is a good sign.  It means you care, that you want to get better, that this means something to you.  It means you have skin in the game.  

The people that are really in trouble are the people that don’t get scared.  They’re complacent, high on their horse, ready for a downfall.  

They say to do one thing every day that breaks you out of your comfort zone or that scares you.  I couldn’t agree more.  

Sometimes, on those days where my fingers won’t type or my brain won’t fire like I need it to, I’ll re-read Pressfield’s quote and find solace in the fact that I am scared shitless – and that means I’m on the right track.


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