I decided to commit to writing often, as best as I can. Without the sense of shame that I’m not so eloquent as many native speakers. That the typos and missed a/an’s and the’s make me look unprofessional after all those years in the UK.
I won’t let it stop me.
It’s easy to compare yourself to someone who had different experiences and upbringing and feel small. Like you’re not bringing value. Repeating what has already been said a million times.
I sometimes wonder if serving your half baked thoughts filled of mistakes on the public platter is a good thing.
Most respected, serious business people don’t bother with blogging or speeches (unless it’s for an equally respected medium). Yet, people know about them through the work they’re creating. In the reputation hypersensitive professions and industries such as financial services, legal or healthcare, often staying quiet is the best tactic you can do.
I write for myself and publish things to keep myself accountable for pushing the barriers.
I will keep writing to create a mark, a journey so that I can look back and see how much I’ve grown.
Same with public speaking and conferences. I don’t consider myself an expert or talented in any sorts but then again, talent is just persistence in learning a skill:
Here’s what I know: if someone’s much better than you at something, they probably try much harder. You probably underestimate how much harder they try. I’m not saying that talent isn’t a meaningful differentiator, because it certainly is, but I think people generally underestimate how effort needs to be poured into talent in order to develop it. So much of getting good at anything is just pure labor: figuring out how to try and then offering up the hours. If you’re doing it wrong you can do it a thousand times and not produce any particularly interesting results. So you have to make sure you’re trying the right way.Ava @ava.substack.com
I advise you to do the same.