I’m Brook and I have FOMO.
Fear of missing out or FOMO is a form of social anxiety — a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. Says Wikipedia.
I say, FOMO is the best thing that can happen to you. FOMO makes things happen, like a social interaction or other satisfying event… If you knew that an event will be satisfying why won’t you go to it? Exactly people, go ahead and have yourself some FOMO.
As part of our “things I learned this year” posts, I chose FOMO because it enabled me to see the world.
I learned that there are two kinds of people in the world. People who talk and people who do. People who do, don’t have time to talk, they express themselves better by showing. People who do are people who change the world. Half the battle is actually stepping up and doing things. So if you hear something that sounds like it might be a cool opportunity—could be an event, a party, a conference, a contest, a tweet interaction, a personal project, a class…— jump on it and do it! There’s only one way to find out if it’ll change the world.
If you have (or acquire) FOMO, you would not miss an opportunity, and even better, you would be seeing opportunities everywhere! FOMO is a great thing my friends.
Now, FOMO—like everything else—does come with some negatives. FOMO will kick your butt. You will be exhausted but somehow always find the energy to do things and attend events. You will have to choose between a friend’s wedding or an important industry event. You will eventually get sick. You basically crash. Then you take a small vacation and get back at it like no tomorrow because you missed out so much already.
You have to be careful with FOMO, make sure you always control it and know when to slow down because that only means no sick time and more party time!
So if there’s one thing I learned in 2013 is to embrace FOMO and slow down when needed. Get out there. Start doing things. Making things. Writing things. Designing things. Questioning things. Learning things. Whatever your thing is! Do it. Mix it up. Have fun. And always be afraid of missing out.
Like they say, the world is out there.
Cheers and here’s to 2014!