As a teenager, I played a lot of sports.
On occasion, I’d get called up to the older teams to fill a slot on their roster.
I played rugby and hockey—and both sports were full contact. Frankly, they were intense for someone not used to the pace and size of the older players.
The first few games were intimidating. But you know what happened? I adapted.
I learned to keep up. And it made me a better player.
When I went back to my own age group, I brought skills and urgency that didn’t exist at my usual level.
I became better simply because I got out of my comfort zone. I was forced to play at a higher level to “survive”.
It’s the same in business. When you try new things, it can be intimidating at first.
Maybe you’re trying to get a speaking gig or write a book. Maybe you’re going into a new niche and you have no idea if it will work. Maybe you’re guesting on your first podcast or doing a webinar for the first time.
You may get knocked around a bit in the process. That’s to be expected. But you’ll also adapt.
Either way, you’ll be better for it