Kids are amazing, aren't they? Not only because they teach you things you never knew you needed to know, they push you to be stronger than you ever thought possible, they make you reach down to the depths of your inner-creative genius, they unveil you as this superhero that you actually already are.
Don't get me wrong kids also drive you insane, lead you to your wit's end, push you into that eternal vortex known as insomnia, they frustrate you with selective hearing, picky eating and literally destroy everything within reach. But, as parents, these are all the reasons we love ❤️ them.
Recently my two boys, Stone (4 1/2 yrs) and Rip (2 yrs) imparted some wisdom on me that I didn't know I actually needed. As my Design Ops team at Atlassian can attest, this unplanned spark has really been a driving force for me in the last few months, sometimes in ways I didn’t realise were possible.
This one concept has actually given me strength and courage in the most powerful way...
My boys are fearless and I mean truly fearless. They jump off of giant rocks with excitement, they tackle big waves without hesitation, they play golf with so much enjoyment and confidence that I can only see them succeeding in becoming the next Adam Scott; which Stone reminds me almost daily that he will do.
Over the last few months, I found myself more and more often being pulled along on this fearless journey with them. And that got me thinking…
"Do something everyday that scares you.”
For those who really know me, I consider myself an introverted, extrovert. Perhaps my past life in the acting world has made be brave in certain situations, but not so much in my real life. So, I genuinely challenge myself every day to do something that scares me. It can be big or small, from sharing a very personal article on Community (check) to recently representing Atlassian on a panel at Vivid to talk about Sustainable Supply Chains (check that too).
I would normally shy away from doing something like sitting on a panel. I wasn't sure how I'd go trying to convince everyone I was an expert in sustainable supply chains, just because I was passionate about making the At-lass swag dresses and because I saw the actual impact I could make in the world. But I did it because it scared me.
Have a serious think about what really scares you; is it trying new foods, making small talk with a stranger in the lift, looking someone in the eyes and smiling? Think about what scares you and tackle it head on like Stone and Rip. I promise if you take this idea on and really embrace it, you will achieve in ways you never thought possible.
This reminds me of that one great line from the movie We Bought A Zoo:
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
My challenge should you choose to accept it, please do something today and tomorrow and the next day that genuinely scares you.