Earlier this year, I left my corporate job to become a Stand Up Comedian. This wasn’t me following a life long dream, it happened by chance. About 18 months earlier, I did a course in Stand Up Comedy as a challenge – because it was the scariest thing I could think of doing.
The aim to get through it, do my first five minutes and never do it again. I did it – I suspect that it wasn’t really that funny, although the audience where very kind and did laugh. Then something amazing happened, I just kept going back. There is something magical about making people laugh.
However its not just the positive that keeps me going back, it's also the scary side. As a Stand Up Comedian, you fail, you fail often and you fail in front of people.
And guess what, its ok, nothing bad happens, nobody cares, nobody even remembers, apart from you. Eventually you stop caring about feeling like an idiot as well.
This has changed my attitude to giving things a go. It’s changing my business massively – I’m not scared to fail. I’m not saying I don’t still have a moment when things go wrong and I feel upset or frustrated, but it doesn’t stop me trying again, learning what went wrong and adapting my approach for next time.
And guess what, the more you try things, the more you learn, the more things end up going well. To anyone who is sat thinking I have a great idea, but what happens if people think I am stupid – I would so encourage you to take a deep breath, be brave and act on your idea. What's the worst that can happen? If they think you are stupid so what, you will be ok. Just as you would be ok if you took to the stage and no one laughed!