I’m really sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you’re an idiot. I say that in the nicest way possible, because at least one of these 3 things will be true:
- You’ve looked back on mistakes you made and opportunities you missed in your writing, business and in your life and thought, “What was I thinking?!”
- With your gift of hindsight, you’ve cast your memory back on life events you’ve experienced and thought, “If only I knew then what I know now…“
- You look back at a situation you’d faced that was impossibly tough and say to yourself, “I get it now…“
So when I say that you’re an idiot I’m only paraphrasing what you’ve told yourself.
When you look back 2, 5, or 10 years, you have a great platform from which to see everything you got wrong or that might not have gone as well as planned. I’d even bet that 10 years from now, you’ll look back and say the exact same about where you are right now.
Maybe on your death bed, you’ll say it one last time: “I get it now…”
Don’t wait for your death bed. Today’s the day.
Those mistakes you look back on are only “bad” if you decide they are. The truth is that you don’t have all the secrets cracked any more than I do, and you don’t have all the answers any more than James does (even though she does have some good ones).
Today, people are so preoccupied with not being seen as an idiot, especially when it comes to exposing their writing or marketing their business. They pretend to have the right answers, try hard to be clever and worry about how other people see them or what people think of them.
I’ve been guilty of that too. But I’m done with it now.
Being an idiot makes it possible to embrace your work and your life without knowing how it will play out. That means you don’t have to pretend to know. You don’t have to hide that you don’t have the answers.
It’s how you make a brave choice. It’s how you try something for the very first time. It’s how you put something on the line. It’s how you launch a business in an uncertain world. It’s how you tell someone you love them. It’s how you show up at your imperfect best.
It’s why you should embrace being an idiot.
We’re all idiots. You have no way to know what’ll happen next, so all you’ve got to go on right now is what matters to you and your in-built capacity for trusting your choices. Those 2 things just happen to be exactly what forms an extraordinary life.
You’re an imperfect, glorious, wonderful idiot – and that’s just as it should be. Being an idiot doesn’t preclude an extraordinary life: It’s integral to it.
You know more today than you’ve ever known. Today, you’re at the point where you’ve learned the most you’ve ever learned. You’ve never been a better writer. You’ve never known as much about your business as you do right now. You’ve never made more of a go of it than you have at this point.
Today is the most you’ve ever done and achieved. Today is the very best you’ve ever been.
And there’s so much more out there for you to know, learn, do, achieve and be.