“I’m just trying to run”

You can’t remove every piece of red tape, you can’t jump through every hoop, market conditions will never be perfect before you start.

You have to have a desire to do whatever it is you want to do and then crash the party.

Expect more obstacles along the way (not less). Weeds don’t stop sprouting just because you finished picking for the day.

No one believes you can do what you are about to do. There isn’t enough reassurance in the world to pull you through. You’re probably going to take some hits, but it isn’t as bad as you have imagined. You’ll need guts to push through the dip. You’re never going to feel good enough. You’re never going to be qualified.

But as Kathrine Switzer has pointed out, “I’m just trying to run.

No better words describe someone following their heart and doing what makes them happy. Quit caring about what others might think.

It will never get easier to run uphill. It just gets faster.

Self-deception (in the workplace)

It’s easy to seduce ourselves into thinking that by filling our time with busy work (emails, phone calls, meetings), we must be someone of great importance.

Busy work doesn’t mean you are doing productive work.

Staying busy might seem like a safe tactic to feel irreplaceable. But if your job can be written down into a simple set of instructions, we can find someone faster and cheaper.

Deep down, we know why it’s easier to fill our time with conference calls, board meetings and the never ending stream of emails; it’s because we are afraid. We are afraid of being judged. We are afraid that our best work isn’t good enough.

What’s indispensable in today’s market is to do work that might fail. Which means, we have to throw away the manual. We have to do work that requires emotional labor. Work that is bold and daring.

There is no map where we are going. No one can tell you what to do next. But if you insist on needing someone to point the way: Follow your curiosity. Do something interesting. Be generous.