I've been a silent admirer of Stu's work for a while, and had to share this gem of a blog post when I read it. He highlights what makes a successful athlete in the Olympics and what makes a successful writer. They are not one and the same:
We don’t want to play things that safe as writers. We’re aiming to produce something beautiful and spectacular, and that is only possible when we also free ourselves up to the possibility of producing something not very good. Because the alternative is trying to write with our inner editor on full, and that simply doesn’t work well.Risk-taking is something I'm working on in all aspects of life, because it's the only way to break through to greatness and new potential. What risks have you taken lately?