First coffee, then embracing your fear

We were playing Would You Rather during lunch this weekend, and one of the questions was about fear, my son admitted to be scared of the ocean. We kept asking each other questions, and another interesting one came up: Would you rather know all the secrets of space or know all the secrets of the ocean?

My 10-year-old response was: “All the secrets of the ocean.”

I screamed! I said to him: “I am so freaking proud that you want to embrace and know all there is to know about the thing that scares you.”

“The very act of doing the thing that scared me, undid the fear.”
– Shonda Rhimes

Photo by Marko Balažic

The difference between you [or someone that is not where they want to be] and the people who succeed and the people you admire is they are willing to work and overcome their fears in order to get where they want to be. They are willing to fail, take risks and work long hours. They are willing to face rejection and invest their energy and money. They are willing to do what it takes. Source: 11 Tips To Embrace Your Fear And Enjoy the Ride.

Are you ready to embrace your fears, understand them, learn to navigate them and just do the very thing that scares you anyways?

Tool of the week: My year of saying yes to everything

“Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. ‘When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling’, she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her hum back.” TED2016 | February 2016 – Watch here.