This year I hooked up with some fascinating folks while attending/participating in 2006 conferences and workshops…
- Inventors Alliance/Doug Hall event (February)
- TiECon / conference (May)
- Blogher 2006 / conference (July)
- Bank of America /HOLA kick-off (September)
- Indian Business & Professional Women / conference (October)
Connections are great—don’t you agree? Then you know reconnections are even better! But you can’t do either if you aren’t willing to risk rejection. And that’s when fear can raise its ugly head.
I was reminded of this during a cafe break with Usha Sekar who I met at this year’s TiECon. Within minutes of meeting one another we were comparing notes on innovation that picked up steam when Dr. Thomas Fogarty joined our table. (Be sure to check out Usha’s pithy blog for entrepreneurs The Startup Ethos).
This past week Usha and I reconnected, chatting about how fear often takes innocuous forms labeled as boredom, disinterest or even doubt. You might avoid reaching out to someone across the table, across the room, or across the organization by convincing yourself that the other person has nothing to offer. Or, perhaps, you doubt your own abilities and life experiences and think that you have nothing to share. So it becomes easier to choose the path of least resistance—in this case inaction—not knowing what might have been.
Risktaking isn’t always about big, bold moves. Stepping out in small ways, everyday gets us to our final destination, too.
The next time you freeze up when attempting to reach out try looking beyond where you stand today. These three things work for me…