Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. What great words of wisdom! Taking that first step is always the hardest. Fear is a hindrance. Step past it.
This is what Mckenna did. Constantly searching for the company of top university professors and extremely clever people to talk to and make friends with. This is how he accumulated his insights and knowledge.
From "Information Graphics" by Sandra Rendgen (via Brain Pickings) -- 'Two Mindsets,' Stanford, magazine article, Data Source: Carol Dweck: 'Mindset: The New Psychology of Success', Design: Nigel Holmes