At some point in our lives we all run up against what Steven Pressfield refers to in his book ‘The War of Art‘ as the resistance. Paralyzingly fear that prevents you from finishing your work, showing to someone else or submitting it for publication. This fear is genetically hard wired, a throw back to a time where it was incredibly dangerous to stand out from the crowd. Seth Godin calls this hard wiring the lizard brain. Yet we live in a time where success is critically dependent on our ability to differentiate ourselves and stand out. So what to do? Run headlong towards the things that scare you and just do them. This is easier said than done. Start with small wins. Surround yourself with a supportive community.