True Bravery Cannot Exist Without Fear

Despite all my talk about bravery in a modern world, I am afraid.

  • I’m afraid of failing my goal.
  • I’m afraid of missing my children grow up.
  • I’m afraid of running out of time.
  • I’m afraid of losing people close to me.
  • I’m afraid of losing myself.

Yet, without fear there can be no bravery. Without risk, there is no challenge.

Who “braves” one foot waves in their sailboat or takes on the “challenge” of arm wrestling their grandmother?  If you’re not afraid, you’re not brave.

You’re also not pushing yourself hard enough.

As leaders it’s okay to talk about our fears. After that it’s time to do something about them.

That’s bravery.

Have a brave night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Leadership: Here There Be Dragons!

Fear of the unknown is nothing new.  Ancient mapmakers drew dragons at the edge of maps where no one had ever gone before and added the words “Here There Be Dragons”.

The dragons represented fear of uncertainty.

Despite that same uncertainty, leaders like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, and Neil Armstong ignored their fears, pushed into uncharted territories, and changed the world forever. Children still learn their names today.

Leadership is all about uncertainty.  Isn’t that the whole point?

No adult needs a leader to show them how to rest, find diversion, or get comfortable. That’s easy for us!

We need brave leaders when it’s time to push higher limits, conquer new fears, and take us where we’ve never been before.

Leaders go first.

There is still a place for bravery in a modern world and we need brave leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow and inspire future generations to do things that scare them.

Leaders can’t run from uncertainty.  They must set sail towards the dragons in life and show them for what they are.

They’re myths.

Have a brave night!

Aaron@Biebert

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The Life of a Creator

(This post is the 5th and final segment of a five part series about participation in the world of Social Media)

As someone who’s made it my life’s work to create things, I often wonder:

  • Will anyone care about what I am creating?
  • Does my creation matter?
  • Will anyone read my blog, watch my show, join my community, buy my service, appreciate my design, listen to my speech, share, comment, or care?
  • What happens if I invest an extraordinary amount of time into something and it fails?

Creators live in a difficult position.  If they invest their life into something that fails, they are considered a failure by many.  Creators and their creations are often grouped together.

Creators must be prepared to be a failure.

Think of the inventors, writers, designers, and artists who spent their life working on their creation, only to come up short.  Just think about all the developers that developed something that no one used, bought, or shared. For every Facebook, there are hundreds of social websites like Legacy 110.

There is great personal risk to any creator.

As I’ve said many times, there is a place for bravery in a modern world.  Just look at the creative process.  If no one was brave enough to risk total failure, we’d have no internet, no computers, no electricity.

Someone had to risk wasting their life.

It’s the only one of the 4 C’s of Social Media that regularly faces a do or die situation. If consumers don’t like what they consume (fail), they can easily find something else. If curators share something unpopular (fail), they can move on quickly to share something new.  There is an unlimited supply of things out there to consume or share.

Creating just isn’t that simple.

If you’ve ever blogged, recorded, designed, engineered, written a book, or given a speech, you know what I’m talking about.  It isn’t easy to create  something truly new.  The bigger and better the creation, the larger the risk.  That’s why so many people avoid beginning the journey.

So what makes people create?  Natural curiosity?  An accident?  Insanity?  The potential payoff?

I don’t know.

What I do know is that I’m truly thankful for those who invented the telecommunications that connect me to you, the computer I’m using right now, the software that makes it run, and the coffee that I’m enjoying right now.  All of these things had to be created and they truly enrich my life.  And so do the books, movies, and blogs that I consume each day.

I am thankful for the Creators in my life.

However, creators are not islands, they can not exist alone.  They need curators to share their work and curators need consumers to make their curation matter.   We are all creators, curators, and consumers in some way, and we all need each other to make this social web work.

Thanks for creating, sharing, and reading.  Because of you, we are all better off.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Everyone Wants to Win

But not everyone does.

Why is that?

There are only two main reasons:

1)  They never start

OR

2) They start, but never finish

I assume you’re reading this because you’ve started something that you haven’t finished.  (People who don’t start things generally don’t care to work past 5pm, and people who’ve finished them don’t need to work past 5pm)

But don’t pat yourself on the back yet.  If you haven’t finished, you’re really no different than those who didn’t start, except that you might be wasting your time while their out relaxing, drinking, or sleeping.

Gut check time.

If you want to win, you need to finish.  Luckily, in the modern world there are many ways to do that.  However, most of them take determination, bravery, and creativity.

Finish strong.  Win.

I’ll be right here with you.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

Three Brave Words

“I was wrong.”

A warrior has to be confident that they will win every battle.  But what about when “winning” means losing?

Sometimes I get myself into stressful situations by taking on the whole world at once:  meeting deadlines, getting places on time, responding to everyone in a timely fashion, getting finished work sent out, etc.   Many times my wife will provide support as needed or help get me out the door to an event.

Believe it or not, sometimes I’m not always pleasant while she’s helping me.

Here’s where it gets hard for us 8pm Warriors.  We try so hard to take on the world and achieve our dreams, but along the way we may hurt the people we love (and need) because of the condition we leave ourselves in while working late, taking on too much, running, pushing, chasing.

Saturday morning I was rude to my wife because she brought blue socks instead of black when I was late for a luncheon I had.  I was irritated and acted like she was on the opposing side…

I was wrong.

When you spend your whole life trying to be perfect, these words are so hard to say. It’s so hard to admit that you’ve failed.  However, there is still a place for bravery in a modern world, and it takes bravery to do what is right when you’ve done something wrong.

I thought about it on my way home and apologized to her.  It’s amazing what kind of healing goes on when someone apologizes.  They love us, they understand us.  And it means the world when we are honest when we are wrong.  The human side is refreshing.

Just a reminder from one warrior to another.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert