Tucker, I told you there was nothing to be afraid of.

Last week I told you about how I had finished my newsletter but was scared to send it out because Fear Is Scary. Writing the post about being scared gave me the little push I needed to send it out. So with a trembling finger poised over the 'deliver' button I let go and sent it. You can read it if you'd like and if you enjoy it you can subscribe on the right.  

You know what happened? No one called me a loser. No one laughed at me. In fact much to my surprise two people responded and both used the word 'inspiring'. Me. Inspiring. How good does that make you feel? Pretty darn good. 

But you know what was most interesting? They weren't so much inspired by the content. They were inspired by the fact that I had done something. The fact that I finished something made them want to make something of their own. 

So, let me know in the comments: What are you scared to do?

Because, if you do that scary something ... someone may just thank you for it.

tucker, fear is scary.

A couple nights ago I finished my first email newsletter. It's complete with a story of me, a story of a comment on a video and something to inspire you. I have the list of emails it's to be sent to and one person I talked to is already excited to read it.

Why haven't I sent it yet? Fear ... and fear is scary. What if people don't like what I have to say? What if the HTML breaks and people think it's ugly. What if, what if, what if.

I'm proud of it and I have some good ideas for upcoming newsletters. People get a free song download when they sign up and I'm excited to hear the stories people share back.

One of the quotes I shared in my Youtube Video a few weeks ago is "Real Artists Ship" - Steve Jobs. It's great to have an idea. It's awesome to work on something. It's fantastic when it completed. When it's shared it's your art. When it's on your work bench or hard drive it's a project. When it's in the hands and minds of others affecting them in some way it's art. 

That's some strong talk for a simple newsletter but basically if I don't ship it's just another half done thing on my list of half done things. I just need to man up and pull the trigger. 

If you'd like to read my newsletter when I send it1 you can sign up on the right. After you read it feel free to reply and let me know what you thought and what you might be interested in talking about in a future issue.

1 I sent the newsletter on the same night as I wrote this post just so I'd stop worrying about it. You can read it here