The “What If” Myth

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In the past several years, I’ve moved to Africa, started a YouTube channel, and founded my own tech company. All three of these things have one thing in common: they’re scary.

“What if I catch a rare disease in Africa?”

“What if everyone thinks my videos are stupid?”

“What if my app doesn’t attract any users?”

These are just a few of the many “what if’s” that ran through my head before deciding to move forward with the above mentioned items. 

Here’s what I learned from making those decisions.

If you can think of several positive reasons to do something, and the only negative reason is fear, then deciding to move forward may turn into one of the best decisions of your life. In fact, asking lots of “what if’s” is often an indication that you’ve got a really great opportunity in front of you.

If you find yourself asking “what if,” then be grateful for that. We’re naturally inclined to be afraid of that question. But that question is nothing more than a signal that good stuff is about to happen.


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