After I graduated college in May 2019, I stubbornly chose to only apply for Product Management positions—straight out of college, with no industry or MBA experience, and with only three months to land the position or else I will have had to go back home and figure out what the heck I'll do with my life there—a decision that would have proven very costly had it not worked out.
As you could imagine, this was one of the most stressful periods of my life.
I finally let out the biggest sigh of relief after accepting an offer as a Product Manager at Pluralsight to start on September 23, 2019—only a week away from the expiration of my three months limit to accept a job.
To say that this was the biggest emotional rollercoaster I had to ride is an understatement.
Alright, so it's October 2019; I have a stable job; I don't have readings to cram; and I don't have any assignments to submit or exams to study for.
Although my life was considerably slowing down, my mind wasn't. In a way, it's been rewired due to all the stress from going to college and job search. I mean come to think about it, that was the first time since I started applying for universities during high school that I was able to slow down and just think.
Living completely alone, in a new city, starting a new chapter of life, during a freaking once-in-a-century pandemic gave me even more time to be alone with my thoughts and reflect on almost everything in my life. I needed a place to pour down all of these thoughts.
I thought I should start a blog.
Putting yourself out there is super terrifying especially if you are starting something completely new and as public as a blog on the internet. I know I am definitely not the first one who's done this and I won't be the last. My blog posts will probably be read by my mum and a few friends, yet it's still terrifying. But hey, I already put myself out there with my YouTube channel and I'm still alive.
This blog is meant to be a place where I pour down thoughts about any and everything that I would like to share with the world. I have no idea where this will take me, how frequently I will post, or what my writings will be about, but it's really about time I stopped overthinking this and just started writing.
I'm hoping that the ideas and thoughts I share on this blog would resonate with you in any way. And I really really really hope if they do that you reach out and let me know. It would mean the world to me!
I would like to challenge you—as my friends at Yes Theory would say—to seek discomfort and start sharing your work with the world. This could be a painting, some voice notes you've recorded about thoughts that were on your mind lately, or a delicious lasagna recipe. It doesn't really matter as long as the world gets to see the awesome things you're creating.
One of the resources that helped me get over some of my fears and just start sharing my work with the world is a book by Austin Kleon—one of my favorite authors—aptly titled Share Your Work. You can probably finish the entire book on a weekend and it would add so much value to your life.
It's important to note that this is not you bragging about yourself and/or sharing your entire life with the world; trust me I've had my fair share of thinking about this. You could have a completely private life and still share your work with the world. You owe it to yourself to share some of the great stuff you're working on.
And with that I will leave you with a very cliché quote:
Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can't put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You'll never learn.
— Jason Reynolds
Have a beautiful day/evening!