Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
That’s complete nonsense. Rational thought may well be an artist’s worst enemy (and I know because I work exclusively with artists), but an entrepreneurs? Hardly. The entrepreneur must simultaneously use both the power within his or her Self and rational thought. We find inspiration within ourselves but we must always test our ideas rationally.
This does not mean an entrepreneur must not take risks. There is always an element of stepping into the unknown when launching a new idea. Who really knows how a market is going to respond after all? Certainly not market researchers!
But by being rationale and seeking truth deeply within one’s Self, we are able to see the multitude futures we each own.