Dear Future Self,
There are moments we all have, when we feel struck by brilliance. It feels amazing, right? Suddenly all of the paths to success are illuminated. You’re feeling confident. You’ve done the legwork, laid the foundation; there’s no way this could go wrong. But something falls through. Or you overlooked some small, but crucial part of the plan, and suddenly everything that was riding on your vision is falling apart.
Anyone who has ever tried and failed knows the feeling. The sinking in the pit of your stomach, the anxiety as those around you become unsure of their faith in your, and even worse… the creeping feeling of self doubt. We’ve all been there.
I’m here to tell you, there’s no shame in starting over. It's said that Thomas Edison had 1,000 unsuccessful designs when he was produced what we know as the lightbulb. When asked how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” When we’re starting out, we might not always know how many steps it will take to reach Success. But we should never be afraid to go back to step one, to reconstruct our last successful moment of genius.
Reboot your genius.