“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
I know. I know. It’s a cliché.
Everybody’s heard this quote but only recently did I really think about what a powerful concept this was. I may or may not have been sitting on the toilet when this thought occurred. But I do do some of my best thinking in the can (I said ‘do-do’ heh).
It’s really not as easy as it sounds. It’s pretty easy to be a coward for days on end. Trust me. I know.
So I thought: how would it be to live like this every day? What would you accomplish? What would you learn about yourself?
Then it hit me: I had to do this. For a year. One thing that scares me every day. And write about it in the rambling, nonsensical way that I do.
I had to lay some ground rules.
This is a gentleman’s bet
There is nothing at stake except my word and most of the people who know me know that went out the window years ago. But writing a public blog about it puts the pressure on me to succeed or be humiliated.
Scary means good
Obviously, I shouldn’t be doing scary things that would be bad for me like not paying my car payment or stepping in front of a bus.
Scary means avoidance
The level of being scared is tricky. I guess it’s a “I know it when I see it” situation. If it’s something that I normally would go out of my way to avoid, it probably fits the bill. Since this is every day, there will be small scary things and big scary things. I can’t jump out of a plane every day.
Things that I am “forced” to do count
For instance, giving a presentation at work. I am terrified of stuff like that but just because I’m forced to do it or risk being fired, doesn’t make it any less scary or beneficial.
I can never do the same thing twice
Not only would that be boring, but I probably wouldn’t be as scared if scared at all the second, third, fourth time I’ve done something. I’m not that much of a pussy. Give me some credit!
That’s pretty much it. I begin tomorrow. What if I fail? What if I succeed? At least I’ll lived as I believed. I really should be writing music.
Wish me luck!
PS – If you are new here, please peruse the Selected Posts section for some of the better ones…
Fun Facts about Me:
- My name is Greg
- I live and work in LA
- I’m 36 years old
- Born in NJ
- Schooled at UC Berkeley
- I enjoy yoga and biking
- I know this is starting to sound like a singles ad
- I’m single
- Really single
- I’m accepting applications to remedy that situation
- I am Chinese (to clear up that “Asian” ambiguity)