This week, I turned the reins over to my friend Wesley Hoffman. Many of you may know him as the face behind Treehouse Networkshop and Strangehouse Podcast, but many of you probably don’t know that he’s a mentor of mine, especially as far as this blog goes. He also knows a thing or two about taking risks, facing fears, and putting himself out there, so I’m excited to post this non-improvisers thoughts and experiences on those topics.
You know that moment right before you jump off a high-dive when you’re a kid? That anxious, excited, adrenaline rush you get for only a moment? After you jump, there’s no turning back, and the next time you jump, that feeling tends to subside. The more you jump, the more accustomed you are to that “high-dive” feeling.
I also like to refer to these moments as “16-year-old-kid” moments. They remind me of the feeling right before you ask “your crush” to homecoming or prom. You’re scared shitless, but after you open your mouth, speak, and ask, the feeling goes away – regardless of the answer.
Earlier this year, I started something called Treehouse Networkshop. In short, Treehouse is a networking event series that brings people together from different industries, backgrounds, and professions. If you’re looking to meet people for whatever reason, Treehouse is the place to be. But what started out as just an idea for an event series, turned into much more than that.
Along with the meetups, I started consistently writing a blog. I remember the first blog I wrote and promoted via social media. As I hit “publish,” I had that high-dive feeling again. I was apprehensive to put my thoughts out to the world. It’s scary.
Everyone has a voice, and today, everyone has a platform to voice their opinion. We’re often afraid to put our personal thoughts and ideas out to the rest of the world because of the criticisms we might receive. However, I learned something from each one of these moments.
Each time I did something that made me a little nervous or uncomfortable, I became more comfortable when the next moment or opportunity came around.
This year, high-dive moments kept coming my way. We launched a podcast, website, social media campaign, and I started doing some speaking engagements. I also quit my job to pursue a career being self-employed. As I continued to put myself out there and promote my passion and ideas, more opportunities to do so started coming my way. Learning from this, instead of shying away from these moments, now I find myself welcoming them.
A high-dive moment is different for everyone. What scares me or makes me nervous might not make someone else nervous. Or it might be the other way around. I’ve found the times I feel uncomfortable, nervous, scared, or apprehensive are the times I learn the most about myself and lead me to the next high-dive moment.
When I do something I’m a little scared of, it makes the fear subside a bit. I become a little more comfortable with the uncomfortable. More often than not, whatever I was scared of, doesn’t happen.
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