“Until you confront the fear and discomfort of being in the world and saying, ‘here, I made this,’ it’s impossible to understand anything at all about what it means to be a entrepreneur. Or an artist.” – Seth Godin
Taking a shot, trying, playing the game, and showing up all matter—at least they do if you want to be successful.
I think Seth is right about the connections and opportunities created by making something and putting it out there. If you don’t try “things” then the odds are greatly reduced that you will ever increase what you understand, excel, or be noticed.
Playing with ideas, trying out products, and having new experiences is fuel for creativity and invention.
Following through and creating something for others to see (like a collection of photos, a new video, a blog post, or whatever else) is important too. Let your ideas fly, make mistakes, and learn. Find others to ‘jam’ with (playing with others can be amazing).
Ultimately you are the one who creates opportunities that lead to satisfaction, success, and growth.
Michael has more than 20 years of experience utilizing Web and new media in higher education, nonprofit, and business sectors. Among his many accomplishments, he founded a Web and new media consulting company—VanPutten Interactive—to serve clients specializing in public works, social work, higher education, documentary film, and professional development. In his current role at Bronson Healthcare, he provides leadership for digital marketing, communications, and innovative utilization of new media. Michael has a master’s degree in educational technology from Western Michigan University.