Though before that, moving to London for an assignment was the scariest thing I had ever done.
And before that, going freelance.
But before that, quitting my job and going on a sabbatical.
Before that, changing jobs.
Going to university.
Every life has a number of “big changes”. And at the time they happened they are all the scariest thing you have ever done!
Now I look back and I remember being scared, but I don’t understand (or perhaps better to say, I don’t feel it). Because seriously, how scary is it to change jobs? Everybody changes jobs multiple times in their lives. What was the fuss? Or moving somewhere else. People move to different countries all the time, so why worry?
I worried (was scared out of my brains!) because it was new for me!
Now it’s not new anymore. Taking away any feeling of fear.
Except for the current new thing (launching a startup)! So many things that I need to figure out, so many things to learn. What is the industry like (confusion!)? How do you figure out how what product to go for (aaargh!)? How do you market a product (panic!)? So many steps to take, each of which I haven’t a clue about and which can fail (miserably!). It’s overwhelming and difficult and scary!
Though, it’s mostly scary when looking at is as a whole, when considering all the steps that I need to take at the same time.
Because each step individually might be difficult and unknown, but it’s not overwhelming.
So, I need to figure out how to do marketing? Ok, let’s read up on marketing. Ask some people. Think about it hard. And maybe experiment a little bit. Sure, there are things to learn, it gets confusing and it’s certainly not easy. But with sufficient time and patience, I will get this bit. The process itself is simple enough to follow. It’s repeatable. And thus that single step is not scary anymore.
Looking at the whole thing, it’s scary as hell. But I never have to deal with the whole thing, I’m only dealing with small nuggets of it at a time. It’s like eating an elephant: Eating the whole thing is impossible. But eating one bite at a time is perfectly fine. Until at some point you have actually eaten an elephant. Or launched a startup…
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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