by Seth Godin
Indeed, you might.
You might get your hopes up only to find them dashed.
You might decide on where you want to go, and then not get there.
How much would that hurt? How much would it hurt to have those hopes, those decisions and that love turn out to be all for nothing?
Of course, it’s not for nothing. In fact, those hopes, those decisions and that love is the foundation for a path worth pursuing. It’s what makes us better.
Sure, the odds are against you, but I think that’s a lousy reason to avoid exploring something. “Will I get in?” is not nearly as good a question as, “Is it worth trying?”
Don’t apply (to this or to anything else) just because you can, but yes, apply to something that matters to you, something worth dreaming about.
You might get rejected. So what?
I want to make an essential distinction here:
There’s a huge difference between the internal cost of being rejected (you feel bad, you feel like a failure, you feel like a fraud), and the external cost.
The external cost might be the time you wasted working on something that didn’t work. It might be that you offended someone by asking the wrong way, or by spamming, or by being selfish. And it might be that you wasted an opportunity by going for the longshot or the shortcut when you would have been better off settling in and succeeding in the long run.
This post is about the internal cost. It’s so easy to talk ourselves into failure before it even shows up.