I was pretty smart four years ago when I asked, “how do you plan for success?”
I’m dumber now, I guess, because I just read that piece and learned something from it.
Maybe I’m not dumber. Maybe I just needed a reminder. Clearly I haven’t spent the four years learning the entire lesson.
I was reminded of problem of fearing success when Joey Diaz had Matt Baker on his podcast last week.
Diaz, the actor and comedian, and Baker, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, are on the mic with producer Lee Syatt. They’re talking about Diaz getting into comedy, and about his fear of getting onstage.
Scroll ahead to 34:19 if you want to hear this exchange; go before that if you want context.
Syatt: Were you worried you were going to bomb? Is that what you were most worried about? Or were you worried that you were going to do well?
Diaz: I was worried I was going to find the answer to all my problems.
“I was worried I was going to find the answer to all my problems.”
What are you not doing because you’re worried it will eliminate your ability to complain about anything?