18 July 2011

What would you do if you were not afraid?


This excellent New Yorker article about Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has some gems in it.  I'll pull an entire paragraph to have it easy to reference and inspire me when I need it:

She described a poster on the wall at Facebook: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” She said that it echoed something the writer Anna Quindlen once said, which was that “she majored in unafraid” at Barnard. Sandberg went on, “Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire.  Let the barriers you face—and there will be barriers—be external, not internal.  Fortune does favor the bold.  I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try. You’re going to walk off this stage today and you’re going to start your adult life.  Start out by aiming high. . . . Go home tonight and ask yourselves, What would I do if I weren’t afraid?  And then go do it!

I have no doubt that my greatest challenges are internal barriers, self-doubt and lack of confidence being the more persistent ones.  So I love this idea of imagining what I would do without those obstacles.  That is the way I'd like to live my life.