“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!

– Greg

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)

14 Comments to “About”

  1. Tavi Nemet 21 March 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Good luck! If it works, I might try it too.

    • bloom.christina 12 March 2012 at 9:56 am #

      have stage1v cancer and you are scare every minute of every day.
      My advice is to enjoy livfe and forget about being scared!

  2. Sarah 21 March 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Awesome site. Found you on Reddit and lol’d heartily at your video. Love the concept. Be brave my son!

  3. Siobhan 21 March 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I never heard of someone taking that quote to heart so much. Thank you for sharing your ongoing adventure!

  4. Musu 23 March 2011 at 8:35 am #

    ‘But I do do some of my best thinking in the can.’ Unintentional poo joke? Brilliant.

  5. wyn 23 March 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    New reader courtesy of your sister’s post about your video–your blog is so fun to read!
    I saw that saying hand-written on a sign, “Do one thing every day that scares you” when I was running my first (or second, maybe) marathon and it was really supportive because I was doing something that day that was scary. I was moved by the quote not knowing Eleanor Roosevelt said it first, then I realized that probably the sign-writer saw it on her Lulu Lemon bag where many quotes are emblazened. You’re right, it’s easy to be complacent and days and time just goes by so your effort is truly inspiring.

  6. LexTasy 8 March 2012 at 6:46 am #

    My HERO! I love everything about this.
    I hope to one day do something very similar. I keep a running ‘Bucket List’ that all my friends make fun of me for, but so what if I want to spend the night in a haunted house, tell my ‘life story’-all details-to a complete stranger, spend 24 hours naked or receive a genuine standing ovation at a TERRIBLE karaoke song…. it’s my life and you only live once, so WHY NOT!

    ps I think we would be best friends.

  7. jskim 9 March 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    stumbled on this site through a friend. i pretty much died when i read your take on korean spas. look forward to reading more posts!

    • Greg 9 March 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Read the one where I get waxed…

  8. Anastasia Schuster 20 March 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I am so inspired by what you’ve been doing! I stumbled upon an article about you and shared it on my FB page as I represent people who do public speaking and felt it would be great for them to read about your journey.

  9. sherryshaoling 31 March 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    this is awesome! congrats!

  10. megannguyen 25 April 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Helping yourself as you help others, my friend. Thank you!

    • Greg 30 April 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks for reading!

      • Joe 8 August 2012 at 10:10 pm #

        “#1 Go to a Party by Myself” is my homepage haha