I was listening to a podcast yesterday (Failing to Start: Why We Accept Mediocrity and How to Change) when I was introduced to the concept of a new book by Seth Godin called The Icarus Deception.

The tale of Icarus is that of a young man who flew too close to the sun and fell from the sky when his wings melted. At its core, it is a tale of caution, warning all who read it to remember their limitations, keep their heads down and to stay in their comfort zone. In essence –  don’t fly too close to the sun.

Godin disagrees with those lessons. And so do I.

I personally used to play everything safe. (Ask anyone.) I was intensely afraid of mediocrity, failure and the unknown. It wasn’t until the latter part of my 30s that I took a bold leap of faith and from that day forward there was no turning back.

Yes, sometimes I’ve failed. (And failed with a capital “F”.) Sometimes I’ve succeed. (Beyond my wildest, most extravagant expectations.)

But I’ve always learned from the process and I’ve always had a passion for my path.

I believe we (and by we I mean you and I) should aim to fly higher, take more risks and push beyond what is expected. We should  cast aside our doubts, forge our own paths and ward off our fear.

Isn’t it true that anything actually worth doing brings with it some type of fear? I know that in my own life, the things that I felt the most intense fear about brought about tremendous personal payoff. It is something I strive to keep in mind when making most decisions. It is why I say yes to opportunities my old self would have denied.

It has made me who I am today… a woman flying closer to the sun.