The big change or innovation you are working on feels far riskier to you than it does to anyone else.
My favorite podcast is changing formats. The founder, Jonathan Fields, started his interview format two years ago with video. For nearly 100 episodes there were two people in chairs chatting in front of a camera. When podcasting became more mainstream he stripped the audio out and offered each episode as a podcast as well.
For me, and about 320,000 others, only the podcast has appeal. I listen in the car, on walks and while making meals. Last week Jonathan announced he was going to a audio only format. 100% podcast. I got the sense he felt like this change was the right thing to do, for sure, but it made him nervous. To me there’s only upside to this change. His innovation, this change, feels far riskier to him than it does to me. I suspect that many of his followers feel the same.
For most of the crazy changes you make at your organization, in your career and in your life, your change or your innovation will seem far more risky to you than it does to others. Others are not as close to the change as you are. Others may want this change. Others may not even perceive a change.
So go ahead and make your change and launch your innovation; much of the risk you perceive is just that – perception.