This post is about how to feel the fear and do it anyway – and how it relates to passive income. You’ve heard all the catch phrases right? Feel the fear and do it anyway, if you find what you love to do you will never work a day in your life, the wind beneath your winds etc.
Catch phrases have their place in the language – though by definition I avoid cliches like the plague (joke!). This post is not about literary style though.
This post is about the feeling the fear and doing stuff anyway. Its a valid topic and now you think I am going to talk about how we all have fears which hold us back and that we need to face these fears and move on – otherwise we may not succeed in our passive income dreams?
Well I could talk about that – but you really should just head over to Zen Habits and read Leo’s take on “A Guide To Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back. Its a well written post – useful, and better than anything I could write.
So no this post is not a self-help post either – but check Leo’s link if you want information on beating your internal fears and success.
A Post About Free Speech
This blog is supposed to be about passive income and I am no doubt confusing my readers, and the google bot by switching topics – but tough – I’ve said it before: this is my blog and I do what I fucking well want to on it! Because you know what – I shouldn’t be using the phrase “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” – its trademarked in the US believe it or not! How the hell can a US company trademark a set of common words which in the whole reflect one the biggest cliches in the self-help industry – I have no idea. It fails at least two of the criteria for trademarks in New Zealand : its not distinctive and is “in customary use in the trade”.
I just know what happened to Leo after he wrote the self-help post linked to above, he wrote a follow up post about letter he got from an author’s legal team – now the original post didn’t even have the term in the title – but of course his follow up “Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway” post did 🙂
It all sounds a wee bit familiar – I haven’t mentioned the author’s name but she does indeed have a published book by the same name – Google it – the point is that the post that Leo wrote had nothing to do with her book! He had never heard of her book (who had?) – so now she has a blogger mad – blogger who has a bit of a following given the over 600 comments on the follow up post. That can be a very bad idea for a company looking to protect their online reputation.
Copyright is evolving – the future is open source I am sure, though the way forward is not clear yet. But this is not even about copyright – this is about he stupidity of US trademark law and intimidation tactics used against bloggers. I don’t like bloggers being intimidated. If I was publishing a book with the name “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway“ there would probably be a problem. But as far as I am concerned this is a common everyday phrase that I have every right to publish and I like, Leo, have no intention of added a trademark disclaimer to the end of this post 🙂 Because I don’t like trolls – and people who think they can control what or how I say it!
There are a bunch of really pretty social bookmark icons just below – please feel free to stumble/twitter/facebook/reddit whatever this post – yes I know the traffic is useless in terms of actually making money – but this is about free speech – so just feel the fear, and do what you want to do anyway – its good advice!