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Things I do that scare me

By on February 7, 2012
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  • Telling a client what I really think
  • Writing blog posts that will upset people
  • Talking about things that are often left unsaid (like Why I was tempted to discriminate against women)
  • Pressing that button that releases a book to the public
  • Turning down a piece of work because it is not right for me
  • Send out a book proposal to agents and publishers
  • Announcing a new project that might fail (Note: all new projects might fail)

I think I should do more things that scare me, more often, because I find that the most important things in my business life tend to be the scariest ones.

What scares you in your career or work?

Now go and do it anyway.


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About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve:
  • Sik

    “Talking about things that are often left unsaid (like Why I was tempted to discriminate against women)”

    Hey, that one was an interesting article, actually I hadn’t thought of that one before I read it :/ And probably the same applies with anything involving worker rights and small companies, not just maternity leave. I guess the easiest solution for that one is to provide small companies some compensation to cover the costs while leaving big companies cover it out of their pocket (since they definitely have the money for it).

    That said, over here in Argentina employers do get compensation to cover large amounts of sick leaves (enough to pay a replacement for up to 6 months, if you need more than that your employee probably can’t work anymore anyways and should retire due to disability =P). No idea if maternity leave is also like that (though leave is up to 6 months for the mother and 45 days for the father – mothers get more due to the obvious potential health risks a pregnancy can carry).