“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso
I’ve been feeling it increasingly — I’ll put a tweet together, a short article, maybe even a visual piece of work. I’ll be feeling pretty good about it, and then the time comes to hit “publish”…
That’s when the fear creeps in. What if this is rubbish? Is this going to offend someone? Will it be misunderstood? Will people judge me for it?
It’s been enough to make me undo all my work and not hit publish on countless occasions.
I know I’m not alone on this — even the best feel it to some degree whenever they’re about to publish their work.
I keep trying to tell myself, though: don’t let it stop you.
Usually, the worst thing that happens is no one cares. Everyone looks the other way and gets on with their lives.
No one cares as much about you and your work as you do.
With that in mind, I urge you (and my future self) to overcome that fear next time by hitting publish. It’s the fastest, most effective way to learn, iterate, and improve.