You’re smart, you know all the reasons why a new idea won’t work. You know exactly where it'll go wrong and why. You get it.
You even know the things you shouldn’t consider - the stuff that’s crazy. You barely even think about it. Because you’re smart. Why would a smart person even consider crazy things?
Better to go for what you know will work - what's tried and tested.
You won’t fail; you won’t get embarrassed; there’s no chance you’ll feel like a loser.
You look around for approval and you find agreement everywhere - “That makes sense!”, they say. That college course has great prospects! That business is just like that other one! That job seems reliable!
Sometimes, you slip up. A crazy idea makes its way into your mind mid-conversation. Without a second thought, you tell others and see them shuffling awkwardly in their seats. They can tell it’s crazy. They know.
You imagine what will happen if you try to make this a reality. People will roll their eyes. They'll accuse you of delusions of grandeur. You’ll be ridiculed in WhatsApp groups. Your friends will be exhausted from listening to you. It probably won’t work. Everyone will know you’re a failure. They’ll know you weren’t smart enough for that job at Google.
You’ll be an outcast. A failure. A cautionary tale.
You know this because you’ve been the one doing the ridiculing - you’ve gossiped about why someone failed, and you’ve shared a screenshots of ‘obnoxious’ posts. You’ve been educating the world on the danger of crazy ideas. You’ve been helping people be more reasonable. You’re a good person.
Sure, other people do this stuff but they got lucky, or maybe they’re just smarter. Or something else happened. There are many good reasons why you shouldn’t emulate them. Every one of them is an exception.
You don't think of yourself as a coward, but there are some things that you should be afraid of. You're completely right to be not want to do something new and unusual.You completely right to pay attention to the red lights.