“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” has become a necessary desk accessory for any artist or creative person. And the above quote about why we should use fear to our advantage should be useful the next time we find ourself staring into the abyss of self-doubt and misery. If you aren’t scared, then you probably shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing.
This advice especially rings true for those who are just getting their creative careers off the ground. It’s okay if you feel uneasy, uncertain, or like nothing will work out. If you’ve got the talent, skill, and guts to push through, you’ll probably be fine. Don’t worry. Be afraid. Be scared. It’s all for the best.