I recently read that in order to grow – as a person, as a business, whatever – first, you have to let go. You have to let go of the things that are holding you back, whether it’s comfort, complacency, fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or just because you don’t know what to do next. This struck me as one of those things you hear and carry with you throughout your life.
Someone once said that, at some point, we will all be promoted beyond our abilities. That doesn’t mean that you can’t grow into your new position, that your abilities won’t grow with you. But, at some point, you will find yourself in a situation that you are not 100% prepared for.
These two things together have changed the way I think about things. Every new adventure I have undertaken in life, such as college, moving away from my family, marriage, having a child and starting a business, has been something that I stepped in to under-prepared. I thought I knew what I was doing, or at least thought I knew how much I didn’t know, but was always surprised. And in order to succeed at any of these things, I first had to let go of whatever was holding me back, including my preconceived notions of how easy/difficult/fun/boring it was supposed to be. And in letting go, I discovered how truly successful I could be. And how much am looking forward to the next great adventure.