How 2 Powerful Words Can Help You Sidestep Fear

I remember years ago when I was congratulating my friend Jigger Galvez for the opening his BreadBag Pandesal store in Ortigas Home Depot. (which by the way, has awesome, original food – the roast beef pandesal is divine)

He said something which made quite an impact on me. He said “Try lang.” He was referring of course to the whole entrepreneurial endeavor.

Try lang.

The way he said it was almost apologetic, conveying a sense of – if it works, it works, if not, don’t blame me for trying. When you think about it, it’s a bit funny that he responded to my “Congratulations!” with a “Try lang.” But this attitude is totally understandable. We all have a fear of failure. So when we put something out there for the world to see, it’s a risk. Jigger put an original-themed restaurant smack in the middle of Ortigas. It’s only natural to feel a bit of trepidation. I can totally relate.

I remember when I finished my very first blogpost for Juan Great Leap. It took me around 2-3 days to finally publish it. I remember dilly-dallying about the design, and what widgets to put. But I was really dilly-dallying because of fear. Never in my life had I blogged before. What if no one visited the site? What would people think? Who am I to blog about startups? What if I run out of things to share? What if they think I’m a hack?

These are the times when telling myself TRY LANG is so powerful. TRY LANG demystifies the oftentimes large mental barriers we like to erect for ourselves, barriers that often paralyze us from doing even the smallest of actions. TRY LANG subtly puts our fear in its place – by the side.

Okay, I’m afraid of what people will think and if it will fail, but hey, I’m just trying here. 

You’d be surprised at what a little “trying” can do.

There are also times when we worry too much about THE FINISH, and we ask ourselves questions like: would I really have time for this on a day-to-day basis? Would this be profitable enough to get me to leave my day  job? Who would I hire as my GM? Would my company find itself in NASDAQ?

These are important questions, sure. But these questions might be too early, and could be debilitating if asked right at the start.

Just start. See what happens.

Try lang.

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Comments

  1. I sometimes get bogged down, thinking about the end goal. By just focusing and doing things one step at a time, I forget the daunting task ahead and just push through.

    I totally remember Jigger saying “Try Lang”. After another Bread Bag branch (Burgos Circle) and a full blown restaurant (Casa Marcos), he’s still trying and trying.

  2. Hi Peter,

    I am visiting Ortigas now, so will check out Juan’s shop.
    Nice blog ……… it is only those who attempt victory that succeed.

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