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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Instead of stumbling into bed I stumbled across this video clip of Project Hollywood, where I used to live. He points out my room (for those of you who don't know, I'm "Herbal") in the video so you can see where I used to live and where a lot of my adventures took place.

I get sentimental seeing pictures of the house, and even more so seeing the video. Despite all the drama, life was really good there and I feel so lucky to be in it. In case you can't tell, Style (Neil Strauss) is being interviewed, and he's the one who wrote The Game.

Surpassing Fear and Ego

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I recently discovered Karol Gajda and finding his posts inspiring and motivating (and his honesty refreshing), I wanted to make sure you know of him too.

After reading his essay, Be The Idiot, I felt drawn to comment but soon realized my comment was morphing into something more. Karol asked, "What’s an example of ego getting in your way? And better than that, what’s an example of you dropping your ego and progressing on something quicker than normal?". This post is the result.

I certainly have suffered thinking about what I feared others must think of me. For example, years ago when temping, the more junior the position, the more I felt the need to tell coworkers that I used to be a computer programmer. I defined myself by my job title and cared too much what other people thought of me. I've been there.

This post, however, is about times where I've gotten over a fear of seeming stupid to others or sucking and what I've accomplished as a result. These lessons are personal, but perhaps you may identify with some of them -- if so, please share your stories and insights in the comments.

1) As a student my desire to help my peers outweighed my fears of sucking so I created, for the first time ever, a few how to videos and posted them. Result: a company in California discovered me, liked how I wasn't formal/perfect (boring), and paid me to design a 30+ video course for them--a reminder that Volunteering is Good for You.

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