Simple ways to turn daily living into something extraordinary
James Altucher interviewed Seth Godin on fear, anxiety and doing work that matters. They talk about the separation between Do-ers and Sitters, those who put themselves in the game and those who watch from the sidelines wishing they could play.
One of the main differences is fear: Do-ers don’t let fear paralyze them. They find ways to circumnavigate their anxiety so that they can act. They learn tactics to manage their stress along the way.
Sitters haven’t quite figured out how to conquer fear. Paralyzed, they’re crippled by the weight of self-expectation and prediction.
Seth brings up an excellent point (41:25): No one learns to ski by jumping out of an airplane.
First, the bunny slopes are conquered.
The skier builds confidence and skills before dropping down black diamonds and tackling out-of-bounds terrain. If all goes well, then the skier looks for higher, steeper, rockier, riskier mountains.
We all have different thresholds for anxiety and adrenaline. Not everyone enjoys skiing.
Your job is to find your edge, the line that seems scary to cross, the place you are most true to yourself. This is where your best and most meaningful work await.
That's when you sign yourself up.