Resistance mechanism no 5: no one will want it

In the preface to his recent collection “What does it sound like when you change your mind” Seth Godin wrote:

But the truth is […] even if no one read my blog, I’d still write it.

I am not sure that I am as brave as him. Yet, I keep on writing about my battle with Resistance although the statistics of reading these posts are, in the least, discouraging. Why? Because this exercise is a public psychotherapy. I hope that by writing about my Resistance in the open, I will become more immune to it. So, if “the open” is rather theoretical, it is not such a bad thing.

A different story begins when you plan to deliver something for others to actually choose. Buy. Share. Like. Or love. That’s where Resistance has its battle field. How many times were you afraid to finish something, to put it to the market? How often did you tell yourself: who am I to think that others might want that thing from me? Who am I to hope that it can be a success? What am I to do if it will all flop and tumble? How will I ever be able to feel good about myself again?

Seth sometimes tells about Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman of all times. His batting average of 99.94 is frequently cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport. Since, the chance is minimal that you or I will ever be the Bradmans of our trade, it is easy to stall and hide behind Resistance. Realizing that 99,99% of the people around us are not Bradmans brings some courage back, at least to me. There are the stories of so-called “instant successes” that lasted years: be it iPod or Angry Birds. The point is that in order to have a success you need to put something out. It may fail. It is more likely to just stay about alive. That’s good! That means that there is something to keep on working on. And it is better to have something to work on than not, right?

Other stories about my battles with Resistance:

Resistance mechanism no 8: living another life

Resistance mechanism no 7: validation and success

Resistance mechanism no 6: I will do it tomorrow

— Resistance mechanism no 4: someone else has already done it

Resistance mechanism no 3: helping others instead of doing your work

Resistance mechanism no 2: being busy with the small stuff

Resistance mechanism no 1: the dream about the next (better) project