Friday, June 1, 2012

Introducing...Shirts I Proudly Made

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
- Jerry Seinfeld 
I would include myself in the group that would rather just be in the casket than give the eulogy most days because, like a lot of people, I also fear public speaking.  But what is it about this activity that is so frightening?  It's not the actual act of speaking that's scary but putting yourself out there to be judged by a group.  It's really the fear of publicly humiliated.  That's why public speaking is so scary.

I also believe this is why entrepreneurship is rare.  Even though the world is filled with intelligent with great ideas, entrepreneurs are rare. That's why it's so profitable.  Why is their such a big disconnect being having a great idea and actually executing them?  Like public speaking, starting a business is scary because of our fear of public humiliation.

I most certainly share in this fear.  But when you realize some things are worth it, you can overcome your fear.  So, regardless of my fears, I want to share with my readers a project I've been working on.

I've spent a fair amount of time and some money working on designing and producing prototypes for a clothing line.  My nugget of an idea is extremely basic.  I put city names or nicknames on shirts using the cut and sew technique.  While I still have a lot of work to do before I can sell a single shirt, but I wanted to share my work and hear feedback. 
Please take a look at the photos and share your thoughts and critiques.  If I have failed, I've only failed small.

Buckeye Shirt

Flour City Shirt

Hoosier Shirt

Motor City Shirt

Steel City Shirt

Phila Shirt

Cleveland Shirt

To avoid public humiliation in your all of your endeavors, I recommend two things.  First, understand that you're going to fail along the way.  So fail small and learn from it.  I've already learned so much that I need to do differently as I continue on.

Secondly, remember that if you stay humble, it's impossible to be humiliated.  

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