1.) Try this with me. Walk into a private secluded room. Take off all your clothes and stand completely naked. Make sure the room is brightly lit. Then, carefully examine your body and skin. Pay extra attention to all the cuts, burns, injuries, scars or other trauma you’ve encountered over the years.
Now, I’m not here to talk about your body, or judge your bodily scars. I’m here to talk about a different kind of scar we all leave behind as entrepreneurs, as creators or employees.
2.) If you do work or create things; there are bound to be lots of Half-Finished Products that build up to form your CREATORS SCARS! Similar to the way the body forms scars as part of the continuum of mammalian tissue repair; entrepreneurs and creators who remain edgy, tinker, probe and experiment with new ideas will leave scars on their path. The website that was built, but never launched. The book that was written but never published. The business cards you’ve collected but never reached out to connect. The blog posts that were drafted but never finished.
3.) Scarring is inescapable. It is the price we pay for creating. It comes from closure and regeneration. Therefore scaring itself isn’t the issue. Interestingly, our society seems to hate scars and people spend millions of dollars each year trying to get rid of their bodily scars. But as an entrepreneur, you need to celebrate your scars. They signify you’ve fought battles, and win or lose, you’ve healed.
The bigger issue comes from having open cuts. Projects that were never started, trips that were never taken, relationships that were never built, books that were never written, ideas that were never pursued.
NOT TRYING guarantees there would be no scars. But it also means the cuts will remain open. And as we all know, it’s not the scars, but rather the dozens of open cuts that is most likely bring down even the biggest of mammals.
So, go after your dreams! Try. Experiment. Create. Break things. Build things. This will ensure all your open cuts are closed…even if it leaves some scar tissue behind.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter Thompson
Stay Humble! Stay Curious!
p.s. few more quotes to consider.
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“Scars are just another kind of memory.” ― M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
“Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.” ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe