Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fearlessness is the great elixir

Something is admirable to me when I know that I couldn't do it. 

That's how I feel when I see person with a lot of talent. 

But additionally, something is also admirable to me when I know that I wouldn't do it. 

Because I see a person with a lack of fear. That's not an insignificant thing. It's a very different form of social currency than talent, one that our performance obsessed society often overlooks. But it still matters. 

There's a guy I see in the park sometimes. He dances around the grass in a loin cloth, making strange animal noises, reciting bizarre poetry and playing music on homemade instruments. For hours at a time. It's truly a sight to see. 

And maybe he's mentally ill, maybe he's a social experimenter, maybe he's an eccentric millionaire, or maybe he's just some guy who like to let his freak flag fly. Doesn't matter. 

Because he never fails to draw a crowd of people who cheer and take pictures and leave tips and walk away smiling.

Not because those people couldn't do what that guy does, but because they wouldn't

The lesson is, our world rewards skill, but it also loves bravery. And so, if you're not high on talent, be low on fear. 

Because most people are terrified and they look up to those who aren't afraid. 

What is the worst thing that could happen if your worst fears came true?

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Scott Ginsberg
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