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  1. Yes! This resonated with me. I’m at the point where my hand jerks out and then I stop a\it and bring it back to “safety”. I need to get braver with the buzzer-I’ll keep you posted!

  2. This is great! I press the buzzer a few times, but not as much as I think I should. I’m never one to back down from a challenge, but, usually challenges within my comfort zone. I’m about to consider pressing the buzzer for a job I’ve never done before because the director of a company I worked with before said he was tasked to put together a new team at his new company and the first person he thought of was me!

    • Laurie Stone

      Anne, Yes, “pressing the buzzer” can go either way. I guess we have to take a calculated risk, not full-out craziness. Still, it can help get us off our duffs and commit.

  3. I’ve been writing lately about changing almost everything a little bit to create a “new normal” since my father died. This has included some decisions to seize the day and force myself to commit to a thing.

    Incredibly good timing to see this today. I’ve been thinking about starting a short story collection, and booking some off-season time on an island to write it. Pressing the buzzer will start with that.

    • Laurie Stone

      Susan, You should definitely start that short story collection. Maybe even make those island reservations! Good luck. Hope you do it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Emily, I’ve learned over the years to be a better buzzer pusher. Blogging definitely helps with that! It pushes us into arenas we never thought we’d go. That’s what I love about it.

  4. Oh, I love this one! I’m in a “press the buzzer” moment and have just begun to step up. Was wondering if it was foolish or wise. But it feels right! Thank you for encouraging all of us to step out! They say this is one of the reasons men edge women out at work–they think they’re qualified for everything:). We wait to be qualified–which may or may not happen!

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, So true about men’s sense of self. Most men are raised with so many role models for victory and courage. Women… there are some, but they were sometimes considered outliers, sometimes even “bad.” Press that buzzer. I’m looking for my own buzzers in life. I’m in the mood.

  5. Laurie – great post and real life examples. What an inspiration to have a grandmother like that!
    I pressed the buzzer by quitting my jib and effectively retiring from the career I took 25 years to build. Then I packed up our family into one suitcase each and we are halfway through a year away from home, travelling around the world. My husband is working remotely, my 2 teens are doing distance education and I’m creating an online business. So we are living, as if we were back home, but on the road instead.
    If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be living this life, I would have said no way! I would have been too scared.
    Cheers,
    -CW at DailyCreatives

    • Laurie Stone

      Christine, You not only pressed the buzzer, you lit up the whole board! What an incredible adventure. Hope you blog about your travels. They sounds fascinating. I’m sure your teens much prefer getting their education on the road, rather than sitting in a classroom. Awe-inspiring.

  6. I’m an over-thinker and still growing my self-confidence in respect to my online presence and writing, so this post really hit home with me. I know that I’ve missed a lot of opportunities, both personal and professional, because of my desire to be super prepared before “pressing the buzzer”. Seeing someone else put it into words, however, is powerfully motivating.

    • Laurie Stone

      Tony, Glad you liked it. Yes, there’s something about having a deadline that focuses the brain, and I believe, gets the intuition revving.

  7. I love this, Laurie. I am at a point with my book and doll that I need to ‘press the buzzer’ and I’ve come up with dozens of reasons why I should not do so. I’m not ready. I don’t have a business plan. I don’t like to spend money. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, I love your doll and have downloaded your book on my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it. Looks like you’ve already ‘pressed the buzzer’ in many ways, but I guess there’s always more to do.

  8. Chris

    Love the idea! I recently pressed the buzzer and it got stuck – made this really annoying sound that wouldn’t go away until I hit it with a hammer. Wish I hadn’t pressed that buzzer. But other buzzers have worked out better.

    • Laurie Stone

      Chris, Sorry about your last bad buzzer experience. They’re tricky little devils. Hope other buzzers work out better.

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