I’m a fan of the new Jerry Seinfeld project, Comedians in cars getting coffee. In a recent episode with Joel Hodgson (creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000), there’s a part where Jerry asks why diners are always set up to look like the past. Joel says, “Because you know what you’re going to say.” Meaning, we are so comfortable in a diner because we have a lot of background to pull from, so it lends itself to easier conversation. (You can watch the episode here.)
Confidence Is Born From Such Scraps As This
Did you ever wonder why most people when faced with meeting someone else for the first time lead with the weather, where one is from, and/or what one does? It’s because you know what you’re going to say about that. We can all talk about the humidity, too much rain, or what people from Texas are known for. It’s easy territory.
When we feel less confident, it’s quite often because we don’t know what to say next, right? But just like the diner Jerry and Joel find themselves in, you’re stuck to repeating the comfortable past, and not exploring what could be, what’s next.
Dare to Not Know What to Say Next
To be brave, then, requires that we be really willing to not know what’s coming next, and to not always have the right thing to say on hand. It means feeling comfortable with not being the expert. And more so, it means knowing that we will escape into our bigger dreams only when we are willing to shed the familiar.
The beauty of bravery is creating a new language to bring meaning to our discoveries. Once you start changing the world, even in small ways, you are on a path to places that haven’t yet been named. It’s scary and scintillating all at once.
What do you say to that?
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