One late night I was talking on the phone with my co-founder. I was worried and stressed. I was facing challenges in my life. He told me: “Don’t be stressed. This is just a small challenge in the larger scale of things.”
Déjà vu. The Ant Theory.
The Ant Theory was the only thing I heard in my mind on that moment. I hadn’t thought about The Ant Theory since I was a teenager.
Let’s get back to the year 2004 – the year when The Ant Theory was born.
It was a late night on the round tower at Tanhuvaara’s sport center. Me and two friends of mine were giggling – obviously thinking about boys. My friend had a crush on one boy. Her problem was that she didn’t dare to talk to him. I said:
We are small like ants. In a larger scale, it doesn’t matter what we do because we are so small.
With these words, it was easier to talk to boys. It was easier to dare. Daring is everything. If you don’t dare, you won’t get anything. Ever.
After remembering The Ant Theory my night changed for the better. I wasn’t worried any longer. I realized that The Ant Theory saved me once again. It gives me the courage to do whatever I need to do. It helps me to survive.
We all have moments when we are struggling with the feeling that we don’t dare. If you for example think about founding a startup, daring can be the biggest challenge you have. How to dare to jump on an idea not knowing where it is going to take you?
It’s not a rational decision. It’s all about feelings. It’s all about daring. Next time when you are thinking whether to dare or not, ask yourself this:
How meaningful this decision will be when I’m sitting on a rocking chair and looking back on my life?
How much will this matter in a scale of the world if I do this? How about on the scale of universe?
Will people care if I do this?
Most decisions we do are meaningful only on a short run. Almost everything we do are forgotten fast. This is not a reason to do wrong things but this is a reason to dare. If you fail, how many will remember it after a year or two? No one. Because every day we get a massive information flood. We have so much to process that old things are just forgotten.
Old things don’t matter even in our own life cycle. They matter at the moment they are realized but quickly lose their importance. What we think, when we think whether to dare or not, is how this can ruin things we have. What is the risk? How probable is the worst case? These questions can make us not to dare.
What if the worst case scenario comes true? In a big scale, it will not matter. The thing is that what ever you are planning to do, matters to you now. That’s all that matters. Do it. Do it now. If you fail, it won’t matter in the long run. It will probably make you stronger and better. What matters is what you dare to do now. If you don’t dare, it will not matter even now.