Do I Look Stupid?

by: JD

by JD on September 15, 2011

In 6 weeks, I’m leaving on my motorcycle to ride from the United States to Chile. This has been a dream of mine for over three years now, and I have actively worked at creating the circumstances that have made this possible for more than a third of that time.

To be perfectly honest, I’m a little nervous. There are times where I feel totally confident and comfortable with my decision, and times where I wonder what the hell I’m doing. Occasionally, I let the thought, “What will people think of me if this doesn’t work out?” enter my mind.

But then, I remember that it doesn’t actually matter. Ultimately, no one really cares whether or not you succeed at whatever it is you are currently working on.

So often we’re afraid to rock the boat and make bold decisions because we think others will judge our results, and consequently, us. But, the reality is that no one cares whether you become wildly successful or a complete fuck-up. Your friends, family, and readers have their own problems – their own struggles. They’re not going to obsess over yours for more than a few minutes.

This has been a pivotal distinction for me. There was a time when I wasn’t willing to make choices that could potentially make me look stupid.

I’m not afraid of that anymore.

If you’re going to do anything interesting, you’re going to have to be willing to make a fool of yourself over and over. Shattering other peoples expectations and standards for who you are, what you are, and what you’re doing means you’re willing to alter the course of your life and get closer to your dreams (instead of wasting years at a time in the pursuit of something that is no longer meaningful to you).

That’s what interesting people do. The things that other people aren’t doing. The things that no one else understands. The things that seem crazy. The crazy dream.

If no one would write a book, create a movie or tell a story about your life… you’re selling yourself short.

You can do more.

That doesn’t mean you have to get on a motorcycle and ride around the World. My guess is that If you’ve read this far, deep down, you already know what “more” means for you.

Get to work. Live a life that’s worth talking about when you’re 80.

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Caroline September 22, 2011 at 8:08 am

Love this post John! I couldn’t agree more with you on that. :)

JD September 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks Caroline. Just trying to do my part and make the Internet more interesting. :-) Hope things are going well for you!

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