Are You Willing To Look Dumb?

We all talk about the importance of taking risks. It’s a common regret (not taking bigger ones) and a common piece of advice (to take more of them).

When it comes to taking risks in our work, we usually think of it in terms of risking time or risking money.

But what about risking your reputation?

Are you willing to look dumb? To have people not understand you or your idea? Are you willing to walk away from something that’s “working” and towards something unproven?

Being widely understood shouldn’t be the metric you hold your idea against because by definition if everyone got it it wouldn’t be new.

Don’t risk your integrity. But do risk being misunderstood.

You’ll often find that the people who matter respect the weird stuff, anyways.


H/t to Erik Torenberg for sharing this idea on this episode of the Click Here To Apply podcast. Don’t ask me what a picture of my boots has to do with this post it just feels right, okay? Path less traveled or some such?