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Stop Talking Yourself Out of Trying New Things (Ep. 12)

There have been many times in my life where I’ve had a big, new idea and talked myself out of it.

Maybe it was too hard, maybe it was too scary, maybe it was just unclear what steps needed to be taken next. No matter the reason, many a good idea has been buried under these concerns and pressures, and I’m tired of watching it happen.

Judging from things I’ve seen online and conversations I’ve had in person, I’m not alone in this. So we’re talking a bit about how we’ve pushed through those concerns in the past, how we’re trying to push through them now, and a few things you can try for your next big idea.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:00:00 – Intro
  • 0:02:04 – What we’ve been up to
  • 0:17:20 – Things we want to try out
  • 0:25:24 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:27:42 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:29:23 – Starting out small
  • 0:37:04 – Getting encouragement from friends
  • 0:41:27 – Not waiting for the perfect time to start
  • 0:47:24 – Disconnecting from work
  • 0:51:47 – What have we been reading
  • 0:56:52 – Conclusion

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