"Be Fearless"

I first heard about Beta House in Scott MacMillians Pax East presentation on his own game company.  They had used Beta House as an office location.  Working there got them out of the house, serious about work, and provided a community structure.

Beta House as a concept interested me, so I dug around a bit for information about it.   This Boston Globe article is from 2007, and their talk about the opening of Beta house.  Newer (although still outdated rumors) claim expansion.  But most people I talk to think it has closed, and speak wistfully about it as part of some by gone era.

The creator of Beta house said “Be fearless”. “It’s a hard thing to start a company. If you’re doing anything interesting, you’ll have lots of naysayers…It’s important to forge ahead and have confidence. Boston needs to be more confident, I think. We’ve got a lot of talent here.”

I love this advice.  Starting a project, a company, an organization can be really daunting.  There is a lot of emotion involved in it.  The best thing you can do is simply forge ahead, learn as you go.  Remember failure is always an option.  Go ahead and jump in.

What kinds of things have you done that exemplify being fearless?  

2 thoughts on “"Be Fearless"

  1. Even though I have two projects – cavymadness.com and rubicat, both are web-based, so the risk was lessened due to not requiring much overhead and investment in the companies. So I don't think I've been fearless in my work pursuits. CavyMadness begin in 1999 as a way for me to design a website from scratch, and rubicat began in 2003 as a way to go it alone as a freelance designer, since a “normal” job wouldn't work with my schedule at the time.

    I am in awe, though, of those who start a company that requires up-front investment and risk. A few of my clients have completely changed their businesses, or have tried to build a brick-and-mortar business in a down economy. It's terrifying and impressive.


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