We often go through life saying yes to things we don’t want to do and say no to things we do. But I’m the moment, it’s not so easy to make the right call.
Embarrassing myself doesn’t bother me (because embarrassing yourself is usually the courageous thing to do—conversation for another day) but I struggle with not wanting to bruise people’s feelings.
I’m an empathetic person, I can usually feel what other people are feeling and thinking to some degree. Not enough to for them to affect my mood—I can usually firewall that—but enough for me to be keenly aware of what people’s opinions are about me and what I should be doing.
This is related to saying yes out of obligation to someone. Your parents expect you to go to law school, but if you could do anything you wanted, you would choose theater instead. Which, in a way, is a variation on saying yes to something you don’t want to do, but do anyway to avoid embarrassing others around you.
But at the end of the day, this is your life and life is quick.
Would you rather feel embarrassed in the moment or unfulfilled in the future?
There are ways to be smart and still pursue something you love, even if it’s something that doesn’t pay well, or very few people can get to the top 5%.
The decisions I’m most happy about are the ones where I choose to play and fulfillment over monetary or acclaim.
The same goes for skills too. The skills that have come in handy the most are the ones I learned on my own for fun.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1091
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