2 Words That Help Me Continue My Craft

I have a few intimidating creative projects right now, which I have no idea whether will be successful or not. And like everyone else, I’m afraid to fail. I’m afraid of the critics. I’m afraid no one will appreciate my work. But I have 2 choices:

  1. Give it a try
  2. Continue living a safe life (and wonder what could have happened if I tried).

Do you know how it feels? Even if I wanted to, fear holds me back. What if I failed? What if I lose money? What if they laugh at me? What about my reputation?

Consequences are inevitable. Maybe I’m not just ready. Or maybe, it’s not the right thing to do, I should pursue things with fewer risks instead. But, but…

“Who cares?”

That’s what Mads Singers told me when I confessed about my fear of being ridiculed when starting a blog — a lesson that changed my perspective forever.

Often, I would doubt my art on the process worrying what other people might think of me. But the truth is, nobody actually cares what the heck I’m doing.

Seriously, nobody.

So if you think your art is not good enough, who cares? If your newly invented product sucks, who cares? If your project looks weird, who cares?

Nobody cares. Just do it.

You may fail a lot — and it hurts. But that’s okay. Because after the emotions fade, you’ll realize something: You’re alive. And there’s still hope to do it again, better.

Create → Ship → Do it again

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.