In Satya Nadella’s book, Hit refresh, he talks about getting all the senior execs of Microsoft into a room to talk about themselves and really understand the personal beliefs and values that drive each other so that they can build a shared future. Inspiring stuff, but when the facilitator asked who wanted to go first there was silence.
Because it’s human to be afraid of going first, even if you’re a Microsoft senior executive.
It’s made me ask myself, ‘what am I so afraid of,’ and when I spend time really thinking about it there are an awful lot of answers.
I’m not going to share them all here with you – I’d still like some of you to hire me again - but I will remind myself of three obvious but painfully recurring things I’ve learned:
- Fear is my biggest enemy when I’m starting new things and I need to think deeply about what I’m scared of before I can overcome the fear.
- There is always time to think - I can turn off the car radio or laptop. I need some time to be silent and let thoughts float about a bit. Amazing things pop into consciousness.
- It’s OK to mess up but it’s also embarrassing sometimes. Hang tough and see point 1.
So, that’s my first blog written and if you’re about to start something new, big or small, I hope you too, have the courage to risk making mistakes and see where the road takes you.