Pain, discomfort, shock, boredom, imposter syndrome, awkwardness, fear, being wrong, failing, ignorance, look stupid: Your avoidance of these feelings is stopping you from a life greater than your wildest imagination.*
There is an early adopter in each of us.
Early adopters are those who see or hear something new and, “getting it,” come on board before the mass.
We can’t be early adopters for everything but we can each be an early adopter at something significant.
The thing is, it doesn’t come without difficulty and resistance.
I have mentioned before how, when I read about Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, I knew I had to see them “in the stone.”
They stand in the same gallery as Michelangelo’s David, but it was they that made me want to make the journey and not the finished product of David.
For Michelangelo, beneath the surface of the marble, there lay a person. He would stop taking away the stone when he came to their “skin.”
From “Slow Journeys in the Same Direction,” my doodle from the pictures I took of Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures
Here is my picture of early adoption and resistance. To find the early adopter within, we must face and overcome the resistance.
Yet everything changes when we commit, when we not only hear or see something that is meaningful to us but we also begin:
“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.’**
There is no other way.
We must begin.
Otherwise, you may be reading something like this in five years time and realise you have done nothing about what matters to you most of all.
Or you can take on the resistance.
(*From Benjamin Hardy’s Willpower Doesn’t Work.)
(**William Hutchison Murray, quoted in Benjamin Hardy’s Willpower Doesn’t Work.)