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Dandy Cast 022: I’ve got the fear inside me...

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on April 28, 2020.

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Seriously, like knee-knocking fear. And you know what’s causing it? Pinterest. Freaking Pinterest of all things. Yeah, that place with all the recipes, knitting patterns, and The Top 10 Rundown Barns in Central Ohio that You Should Totally Reserve for Your Next Marriage!

Look, I’m not going to say this fear is something I’m proud of, but it’s what I’m working with right now. Let’s look on the bright side: this fear is just a new opportunity for me to learn how to overcome something that’s holding me back. Fear sucks, but let’s learn how to use it to our advantage.

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, 5 Pitfalls To Avoid When (Re)Launching Your Business.

Launching or relaunching a business is a task that’s full of both excitement and peril. Hopefully, everything’s going to so as well as it can, but there’s always the chance you can fall victim to one of these pitfalls. Click through to learn how to avoid the most treacherous mistakes you can make at the outset of a business.

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

Dandy Cat Design’s Pinterest profile

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When (Re)Launching Your Business - Dandy Cat Design

Dope - IMDb

Doc Ames | The Dollop - All Things Comedy

Nighttiming | Coconut Records - YouTube

The Stand | Stephen King - Goodreads


The full text

The Dandy Newsletter - 04/28/20

As much as I never want to worry about and face something unpleasant, it’s become very clear to me that I’m feeling afraid.

Yeah, fear is a vital response to the dangers we may face in life, but it seems a whole lot less vital when I feel afraid about doing something that may not cause me any real harm. When that sort of fear manifests itself in me, I end up feeling annoyed that I’m letting an unnecessary emotion take over when I could be doing something, anything far more productive than just feeling afraid.

Fear has historically been a key factor in humans’ ability to survive. We wouldn’t have evolved into the beings we are now without the ability to feel fear. Our great-to-the-power-of-a-hundred grandparents had to face situations that not only would make our modern toes curl but determined whether or not they would survive until the next day. And they probably had to deal with that most days. I’ve never had to risk my life hunting for the food I needed to eat to survive, but they did. Those hunts could have gone wrong at any moment, leaving them with a choice to stay and face death or run away and live for another day.

Fear was a tool for survival.

Nowadays, fear can help us avoid injury or death, but it tends to manifest itself in more benign ways. We may have a fear of speaking to a crowd of people, a fear of flying, or a fear of spiders. Compared to our long-dead ancestors, we’ve got it pretty good. Public speaking hasn’t killed nearly as many people as hunting for tired, pissed off, ancient lions has. In fact, I would wager that public speaking likely hasn’t killed anybody.

None of that means the fear we feel isn’t any less real or disruptive. I’m just trying to inject a little history into this message.

I’m feeling afraid of Pinterest. It’s probably a very silly thing to feel afraid of, but it’s what I’m feeling afraid of right now. To be more specific, I’d like to invest a larger portion of my time and effort into building a trusted presence on Pinterest. I would like to produce useful content that many other people can benefit from on that platform. I see it as a place where I can build a committed following of fans who like the work I produce and want to support my future projects. I’m putting a lot of hope and expectations on Pinterest as a place that can help me achieve the growth I would like to have for my business.

However, I’m not doing anything on Pinterest right now because of the fear I’m feeling. In this case, what I’m afraid of is the possibility of not succeeding at the goals I mentioned. I worry about putting time and effort into Pinterest, not having anything pan out the way I’d like it to, and then eventually I’ll have to get a “normal job” I dislike at some office I detest.

I feel afraid of Pinterest because it represents the danger of falling off the path that can lead toward the life I want to have for myself.

I’m putting a lot of time and effort into feeling fear about something I can’t predict. That’s the thing with fear, though—for us modern people, it can be irrational and it can be very pernicious. I know that I shouldn’t feel afraid of Pinterest, but it’s hard to stop that fear train once it gets rolling down the tracks. It takes a lot more effort to ease the fear we can feel than it does to feel afraid about something in the first place.

Which is so damn annoying.

Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable. If we want to feel less afraid of something, we need to work on feeling less afraid. If I want to feel less afraid of Pinterest, I’ve got to understand what exactly is causing that fear, accept it as just a normal part of how I feel about building a successful business, and then I’ve got to spend time on Pinterest.

It doesn’t mean I need to dive headfirst into Pinterest, risking a cracked skull while doing it. It just means I should probably ease my way into those deep waters, inch by inch. It’s not going to be easy, but the good and worthwhile things we experience in life rarely come easy to us. They take the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears to make them happen.

I’m afraid of Pinterest. My fear may seem silly to some, but it’s real to me and that’s okay; we all feel afraid of something. I recognize what I need to work on and I want to work on overcoming this fear. I’ll be doing what I can to move past it. That’s all we can ever do.

I’m afraid of Pinterest. What are you afraid of?

There aren't any crocodiles in these pits, but they still aren't nice

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Hip-hip-hooray! 🎉

It’s called: 5 Pitfalls To Avoid When (Re)Launching Your Business.

Speaking of feeling afraid of something, launching (or relaunching) a business can be an endeavor fraught with anxiety, uncertainty, and that quaking feeling. It’s not an easy thing to do even in the best of circumstances. There are so many unknowns when it comes to getting a business going that feeling afraid of the whole process is understandable.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make it an easier process. Avoiding some of the more common pitfalls of getting a business going can do a lot to help you feel better about the whole process.

In fact, I think a great way to limit the fear you may feel is by removing the things that can cause fear in the first place.

Click through the link above to read about some of the biggest and most seductive pitfalls you can face when launching or relaunching your business. Get a leg up on the whole world by setting yourself up for success from the very beginning. Give it a read today!

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, stay dandy, cat.

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