William Liao

April 15, 2022

be willing to look like a fool

It’s not so much doing something that’s meaningful to you and receiving some judgment for it that’s tragic. It’s deciding to do nothing at all for fear of what people will think.

Fear of judgment is easily one of the most powerful deterrents to trying and learning new things.

The trick to getting past this fear isn’t to meticulously plan your actions to minimize judgment, but rather to acknowledge and accept that people will sometimes judge.

By accepting the possibility of judgment with open arms, your fear of it loses its ability to hold you back. 

You’re more able to say what you need to say, and do what you need to do.

The reality is: that if you fail, you learn. If you succeed, it will be in part because of what you have learned.

And whatever judgment happens in the background… doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme.