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  • The fear of trying something new is not that we believe we cannot do it, that we will fail in a glorious burst of flame (that is laughable, that is acceptable, that is to be expected), it is that we believe we can never do it well enough.

    We can finish something: sand it down, polish it, varnish the top until it shines and declare that it's "perfect." Then we display it on top of our mantle, in the front row of the trophy case, take dozens of photographs and show it to all our friends saying "look at me, see me, love me."

    Then you look around and see that someone else has done the same thing only better than you could ever have dreamed. And you look at your masterpiece, your chef d'oeuvre, the thing you forged from your heart and soul and think "why did I even bother? they painted/drew/photographed/sculpted/said/wished/dreamed/hoped/dared/lived better than I ever could have done."

    And then you never begin.
    Or worse yet, you undo what you've done.
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