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Ian O'Byrne

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening. - Larry King In issue of my newsletter. Subscribe at #silence


Ian O'Byrne

The words you say never live up to the words in your head. - Chris Cornell In this week's issue of TL;DR - #voice

Ian O'Byrne

January 28, 2016

2 min read

The [common trait in] people that we have noticed are best at learning a language is that they have no trouble sounding stupid.” – Luis von Ahn

This quote came up in the Tim Ferriss podcast with Luis von Ahn and it made me think about the considerations people will have as they build up their online identity.

I put myself out there, and always have. In many ways I was the class clown growing up. I'm not afraid to open my mouth in groups. I'm not afraid to look stupid as a teaching moment, or to make others laugh. By extending this, I'm also not afraid to test out and try new things. This extends to work that I build and share online. 

But, as I work with others I've had the questions/concerns/trepidations about putting themselves out there. Many colleagues have said...Yeah, but you are brave and put yourself out there. I wonder what solace I can provide for others as they reach out.

In my previous research we identified it as risk seeking/aversion behavior. I've also considered it to be an aspect of in "I don't have time to deal with that." I've wondered if it's a consideration of self-identity and self-efficacy...and whether or not they believe that their ideas have merit/value. Finally...I've thought it might be a question of "voice" and finding your voice as you write.

A lot of my expeirence in building up these tools has been me bumbling and makign mistakes. I try to identify these mistakes so others don't have to.

I'm wondering if there is also a way to raise the quesiton of the person that is not willing to leap out on stage and sing that solilquy. How can they still learn, and still engage...without ignoring these concerns?