The Radio Interview That Made Me Look Like a Fool

The Radio Interview That Made Me Look Like a Fool

I did a radio interview the other day that really shook me up.

The host asked me a question I totally wasn’t prepared for. I felt like an idiot trying to answer it. I bumbled around and streamed a few semi-coherent statements together, but over all I bombed it. It threw me off for the entire interview.

The rest of the day I kept thinking, I have no clue what I’m doing. I got discouraged and intimidated.

After wallowing in self-pity for the day I had an honest moment with myself. That random question threw me off, but it was good. It forced my to up my game. It forced me to think about something I hadn’t spent much mental energy working on.  I’m happy to say that next time a question like that comes at me I’ll be ready.

When you start doing anything of value you have to remember that you are never a pro when you start. But that shouldn’t keep you from doing it. You just need to work harder, learn and grow. Learn from bumbled opportunities. They get you ready for next time. And there will be a next time if you keep at it.

Whatever you are doing you aren’t going to get it right every time – parenting, starting a business, creating – but don’t let that scare you out of doing it. Get out there and make a fool of yourself. You are only going to get better, faster and stronger.

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.  -Epictetus