Episode 14

The Commitment of Success

It takes a lot to commit. Especially if you're someone who needs guarantees before you make the leap. So what can you do?

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Being sure is scary. It's a lot different from being sure. Instead of the safety net of knowledge, there's a daunting chasm of uncertainty. It's not easy to step from the warmth of the old to the chill of the new. The same goes for commitment.


It takes a lot not to commit, especially if you're someone who needs certain guarantees before you make the leap. Otherwise, the chequebook stays in your pocket until the next discussion. The problem is, while you're being unsure of commitment because of the uncertainty of success, your competitors are enjoying success because of the certainty of their commitment. Slight difference in wording, but a big difference in results. So what can you do? Accept uncertainty.


Remember when you were learning to drive and you thought you'd never get the hang of it? You couldn't get used to clutch control or reverse parking or even a simple ten and two hand position. We all did it and we all thought the same thing. Then there was that one pivotal lesson where everything just fell into place and the next thing we knew, we were driving.


Make your uncertainty your penultimate driving lesson accepted. Not knowing everything at a given moment in time is natural. Think of how many have been in the same position as you are now but made it through. Believe that failure this time isn't the end. No one gets it right first time. Great success is built from second chances. Uncertainty is a natural emotion when we're faced with something new.


If familiarity breeds contempt, then fresh breeds caution. There's nothing wrong with caution. It keeps us alert and ready to make changes in direction if needed. It's when we let uncertainty and caution combine that stops us from moving in the first place. This combination can lead to the fear of commitment. But if you need success before commitment, you'll never have either. What choice will you make?

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Danny Brown

Danny Brown is the host of Pod Chat, The Little Pod of Inspiration, Podcaster Stories, and Memories of 3DO, as well as co-host of Mental Health and Us with his wife, Jaclyn.

He's the Head of Podcaster Experience and Support at Captivate.fm, the world's only growth-oriented podcast hosting, distribution, analytics, and monetization platform.

He lives in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two kids, where he spends winters in front of a cozy fire and summers by the lake.