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My Damn Lizard Brain

May 1, 2010

For too long, I’ve lived in fear.  Fear of failure, fear of not being liked, fear of being fired, fear of being left.  Of course, on several occasions, I’ve told myself to not be afraid.  I’ve told myself that I need to do what I need to do and not worry about what others might think or whether I won’t succeed. But I’ve found that I usually revert back.

Right now I’m listening to Seth Godin’s book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?.  He talks about the Lizard Brain which is that part of our brain that tells us to be afraid.  It’s that part of our brain the holds us back and makes us doubt ourselves.  Now I’m not into macro evolution, but the other parts of what Godin says are true.  Check out this video.

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.

Obviously my desire is to not be afraid. I want to ship. Godin says in his book Linchpin that “art is shipping.” I like that. For too long, I’ve put a lot of effort into my work and then failed to ship. Not anymore.

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