In March this year I had just thrown in my day job and I was going to be A BLOGGER. Full-time. I was going to give it a shot and see what happened after six months. Then two days later I was made a work offer I couldn’t refuse. Then came a day four months after that when another offer came my way. Same place, different role. A role I knew nothing about that would be coupled with my current role. Two jobs where I’d wanted none!
My biggest fear going into it wasn’t whether I could do it or not. It wasn’t if I wanted to (which for a little while was a question worth asking). The real fear I was up against was would I be okay starting at the bottom learning something new from scratch. After being the know-it-all for so long would I be able to handle being the know-nothing?
It’s a fear, an excuse, that stops a lot of us taking on new things. Looking stupid learning them. Heck sometimes you don’t even know what the right questions to ask ARE until you’re a little way down the track. It’s a fear we need to kick to the curb. If you don’t step outside of your comfort zone and learn new times, then you’re just always where you are. Stuck in a rut.
What did I do? I took the position. I learned everything I could and ask a million and one questions. Some of them silly, I’m sure. But most of all I added a feather to my cap of experience and I’m glad I took it on! My boss chuckles to herself and says I told you so when I rattle off information I now store in my head. Once it was the equivalent of Japanese to me. You know, as in a language I don’t speak despite Mrs Mac’s best attempts.
Here’s THE hot tip. Try something new this week. It’ll probably surprise you. And if it doesn’t it wasn’t new enough. Go big or go home folks.
Chief Blogger at Suger Coat It; An Australian lifestyle blog for women who work for themselves. Melissa is a social media consultant & lover of stripes. Most weekends you’ll find her at the beach or home on the veranda kicking back. Around here, they call her Suger. Feel free to do the same.