We nervously launched Blackbox Case the day before Thanksgiving, 2009. From t...
Your Concrete Genius Wants His Swagger Back.
Posted by Lance Atkins on October 11, 2011 1 Comment
You don’t have more time. You’re getting older. You’re giving birth to more children and buying more cars and more houses and more responsibility.
What are you - Yes You - a genius at? Yes. You do have it. You have what it takes.
What do you want to create? A women’s shelter? A whopper-doodad-invention? A community of people that take care of each other? Want to learn how to paint? Dig up your dreams. Big or small, they are equally important.
Your fear doesn’t want you to create. Fear has teamed up with your TV, your job, your broken fridge, and all those little details to keep you going in circles for the next 100 years.
You vs. Fear. Who is stopping who?
Blackbox Case started in my small woodshop. I wanted to make a hardshell wood MacBook Pro case for myself so I could quit crushing my laptops while traveling around. It turned out great. The first one! Then I got to thinking maybe I should make these for other people too! Then fear – my perfectionism – set in. What if one breaks? What if I screw something up? What if I fail? What if people don’t like it? What if…?
Fear almost killed it. Blackbox Case almost didn’t happen. But we kept going. It was scary as hell and still is sometimes. A mentor from my childhood, Daryl, told me once, “What’s the worst thing you can do when driving your car through a mud pit? Stop. A stuck car is the hardest to get moving.”
What if You confronted Your greatness? What would that look like?
-and please share with us!