In ramping up my website and personal brand, I have grown unnecessarily concerned with what the critics may think. It is unusual for me, as I typically don’t care but I guess for some reason it’s different for me when taking myself far more public than I ever have before. With YouTube videos, increased blog presence, a Podcast on the way, and much more; I am going to be spreading my name and ideas all across the interwebs. I do believe I have a lot to say and share that others can benefit from.
That being said, from time to time I have partially paralyzed myself with fear of the critics and fear of not being perfect. I’m worried that a running science blog post will be torn apart because I don’t have a Master’s and only have a Bachelor’s. I’m worried that a blog will be torn apart because I didn’t edit it enough. I’m afraid of the backlash from expressing ideas that go against the grain or from exposing poor industry standards. From the step back view, it’s quite silly and I laugh at myself. I’ve always been a risk taker and it is something I love about my personality. At this point it’s just a matter of taking the leap and putting it all out there.
No one when they first start something is perfectly polished. It would be impossible to expect that. There are growing pains and learning curves that must be experienced on the way to something great. In creating a personal brand and a place for myself in the running biomechanics sphere, it will no doubt be the same types of trials and tribulations. There will be many who disagree and tear me apart as well as many who love what I have to say and agree with me. At the end of the day the conversation will be pushed along and biomechanics debates will be better for it. A degree can help, but so to can the direct experience I get on a daily basis. I read as much as any student from a variety of textbooks and books by top PTs, doctors, researchers, shoe manufacturers, and anything else I can get my hands on.
When comparing it to running, it would be similar to not going to the start line for fear of not finishing. You must leave it all out on the course and see what you are made of. Give your gifts to the best of your ability and die/finish with nothing left inside. It is the only true way to live a life.
Get ready for The Motivated Runner to take off:)
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
Always in Stride,