The last time I thought... "no, don't bother applying... you'll NEVER get it", a few weeks later I found myself with a $10,000 university scholarship and a job at a brewery bearing bottomless beer for me and all my friends. This taught me three things:
1. Only in Australia can your degree be funded by a brewery
2. 2003 was a bloody good year
3. Just imagine how many other people also think they won't win?!
Needless to say, when That Little Voice reappeared to dissuade me from applying to Intu Braehead's callout for blogging types to #dothelot with a fab shopping/galavanting/skiing/golfing/eating/drinking day in the centre... my response was to (a) ply it with booze and (b) convince it to go ahead with an audition anyway (see, and they said I learned nothing at uni).
If me running around like a lunatic in a shopping centre can teach us anything it's to ignore That Little Voice and just go for it. What have you got to lose? Funnily enough, I became my university's scholarship manager some time later and when I looked back at the files, only 12 people had applied for that scholarship. 12. While this utterly shattered any prior belief/delusion that I had toppled thousands of other candidates (and there were thousands who were eligible) it revealed a glorious little gem: everything looks harder from the outside.
So, the next time That Little Voice pops up and starts whispering in your ear: take it on an epic shopping spree, ply it with beer - or perhaps just ignore it altogether - and remind yourself that while embarrassment lasts a moment, regret lasts a lifetime. You're here on this big spinning rock to #dothelot - so go get it!
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