This is not a typical post. Instead, this is a call to action for you — a call to action to try something new, something exciting, something a little scary.
If you want the short version — watch the video below. Otherwise, read the story that inspired this below:
The Story of the Drill & the Incompetent Engineer
So, I’m an engineer. Not a real one — I just write software. I’ve been doing so for the last 12 years.
Ironically, when it comes to real engineering or even supposedly easier tasks involving power tools — I have zero experience.
That’s what makes this story so meaningful to me. Here goes:
The first time I set up my studio — I used a photography screen for the background. It was light, small, and easy to put in place. It made sense.
But, it blocked the window.
That was not a big deal until summer came. I started melting in the studio. I spent 8 hours a day there, and I couldn’t put an AC in the room due to the way it’s shaped. I did my best going to the living room with the cranked AC. It sucked.
All that being said, I was still scared of using power tools — it looked too complicated. It took me 2 full weeks of this hell to finally gather the courage.
And then I did.
I failed. The screws were too loose, the thing was wonky, and I was afraid to leave it as is.
I started over. Then again. And again.
Finally, after 11 hours of trial and error — the new background was set up. It had a lovely curtain to block the light and blinds to make the shot look pretty (& have guiding lines to highlight the talking head in the video).
Someone better at this would’ve needed one hour, maybe two, to set all that up.
So why did I bother?
To conquer fear. Be better. And live an epic life.
Your Turn to Try Something New
Doing scary stuff is the only way for you to grow as a person.
You need to do scary stuff. You need to challenge yourself.
To help with that, I challenge you — do something scary this weekend.
Challenge: Do something scary this weekend.Tweet
And tell me how it went!
Thanks for reading & stay awesome,
PS: Here’s another article in case this one wasn’t enough — What Everybody Ought to Know About Vacations.
PS2: Why don’t you join my Discord — we can talk there!