Today, I want to talk to you about our jobs, our hobbies, and how much of an experts we are in our domains. So I would like to ask you this:
Do you think you know enough about the job or hobby you perform every day?
Do you feel confident and 100% sure that you’re able to deal with everyday work challenges?
Or do you still feel like there is so much more out there for you to learn to excel in your domain?
This was a tough one for me, for sure.
On Tuesday, while enjoying a nice dinner with my university mates, I had this interesting conversation with a colleague of mine about running a blog. She was very curious about the topic, and I was very passionate about the blogging world I am part of for over 5 years now. She asked me one question, but I couldn’t stop talking and sharing my knowledge and insights that are well-known only by those from the “inside”, so to say. And I realized right then that what I thought was complicated and very far from me, was actually one of my biggest passions in life – blogging. My second thought, or rather impression, was that I knew little of the domain. Boy was I wrong!
Thinking back to 2013, I was this girl who loved writing, wanted to share her stories with the world, but didn’t know how to do it. Until I watched a Hollywood movie and that changed my life. At that time, I didn’t know where to start, how to create a website, how to edit and post my “work” online, never mention things like posting calendar, content promotion, visuals, traffic analysis, running my own website, community building, networking, and so on and so forth. I learned all the things I know today the hard way. There were ups and downs. There were dead periods. A lot of them. My blog posts resembled my high school compositions. I had ideas, but I had no idea how to convert them into valuables (you see the irony of ideas here? 🙂 ). Followers? What the heck is that? – this is how basic was my knowledge about the blogging realm.
Today, with only a small base of followers, but profound and meaningful content to share, I can confidently say that I am a Blogger and this is where I belong! Just like all of you professionals out there, I spent weeks and months in a row researching and learning about navigating the online world. I learned to build my own website and, presently, I am personally responsible for its maintenance. The interface you see on my site, the articles, the widgets, the header and footer of the page, the info I want you to see – were all tried and retried by me, exclusively for you, so that you feel as comfortable as possible when “visiting me” here. I also want to tell you that I’m in a continuous process of learning how to blog the profesh way and how to boost my presence online, so I definitely do not consider myself as the conqueror of it all.
And here follows my thought of the day:
Whether you think you know, or you think you don’t, you still have all it takes to perform a wonderful job where you are standing now. The experience you gained through work execution is priceless, because I assure you that you know more than you think you do. Only put in a situation of using your brain that you truly show your colors, and those colors are brighter than day. Doubt yourself less, but don’t overdo it with the confidence either. Staying humble, yet passionate, will pay off when you least expect it. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your ideas, and most certainly, don’t cease to be curious about everything around you. Whatever feels unattainable today is actually an opportunity for you to put into play your knowledge. So watch closely to see what happens next!
With all of this said, I wish you all an inspired day and an even more inspired work!