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The Amazing Race for The Amazing Race

Wow. This has got to be one of my all time best stories.

On Wednesday night I was talking to my good friend Jonah and was telling him about the show "The Amazing Race", and how I wanted to apply this year. Jonah and I have gone on a lot of trips together and somehow don't grate on each other's nerves at all. I have a lot of respect for him and his abilities, so I thought he'd be a perfect partner for The Amazing Race. For those of you who don't know about this tv-tastic gem, it's basically a race / scavenger hunt around the world.

I meandered to the application site, downloaded the application, and began to check out the requirements. Guess when the due date for the tape was? Friday at 5pm, which meant that we had one day to create a 3 minute video, fill out the two 11 page applications and get some passport sized photos taken. Not one to back down from a challenge due to complete lack of time, I convinced Jonah to get on board.

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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