Habit of being uncomfortable

Habit of being uncomfortable
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The biggest game-changing moment of my career is that if I wanted to grow, I had to get in the habit of being uncomfortable:

✅ Uncomfortable presenting to an audience.
✅ Uncomfortable giving tough feedback.
✅ Uncomfortable speaking my opinion.
✅ Uncomfortable being wrong.
✅ Uncomfortable leading people (even when I didn’t know what I was doing at that time).
✅ Uncomfortable facilitating discussions.
✅ Uncomfortable posting on LinkedIn

And often it was from fear of judgment or feeling like I’m not being good enough. Heck, impostor syndrome certainly kicked in when I’m surrounded by successful people.

But I realized there’s a parallel that how we develop ourselves as people is no different than how we develop products.

We teach entrepreneurs to “fail fast, fail often” in the startup world — which to a person doesn’t mean be a failure, but instead be iterative. Getting feedback quickly is the single best way to learn and grow, it’s even okay to ask your peers to give you feedback. With feedback, you get to tweak, reset, and then redo what’s necessary to be a better version of yourself.

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