I went to a fancy lunch recently and as I was looking around the table, I realized that I probably had no place being there. I wasn’t a major donor, I wasn’t a high-powered decision-maker and I honestly didn’t know much about the project in discussion. I was out of my league.
I’m sure you’ve felt like this before. You are in a situation – a business meeting, a party, a specialty event – where you feel like you don’t belong. The good news is you can make the most of this situation. You can make it a valuable experience, but you have to know where to look. Here’s what I learned that day.
Recently, I was traveling with a friend and she shared a bit of wisdom that has stayed with me. It’s what I’ve been thinking about in my free time and helped me gain perspective on something I’ve been struggling with for a while. She was telling me about how she’s been burned out with an area of her life – a necessary area of her life – and she realized she had to make a plan to work on things a little each day. She told me, “I knew it wasn’t my best work, I knew my heart wasn’t in it. But I kept going because I knew I needed to. And I’m glad I did, because now I’m in a much better place and my work has improved.”
I couldn’t believe it – it was exactly what I been struggling with too! I love spending time writing, but lately my results and readership have exploded (I know, #firstworldproblems) and I felt like I needed to share that perfect post with the world – I mean it’s what 10,000 people per month are expecting. And it was overwhelming, I mean what do you say to a crowd that big?
You can’t wait for things to be perfect. You have to start somewhere.