I was always good at maths. At the age of 11 I won a maths scholarship to a posh school and I was expected to move up an academic year too.
I was ok at English but I was definitely more of a reader than a writer. Creative essays and flowery language were not for me (although I do Like poetry) and I particularly detest Thomas Hardy’s descriptions of the Wessex countryside. I much prefer brief, succinct reports. Even now I get great pleasure from finding the exact word that reflects all that I want to say. Concise should be my middle name (It isn’t, it’s Louise, but how were my parents to know all those years ago?)
As a business owner I had to move out of my comfort zone. I started to write blogs and a monthly column for a local free magazine and then, one day, I was asked to write some articles and other content professionally.
And now I’ve written a whole flippin’ book! Not just any book but a bestselling, award winning book! Who would have thought it? (Certainly not me)
I’m a polymath!
But the point I’m trying to make is that I wouldn’t be writing my second book, and commissioned by Bloomsbury to co-author a third, if I hadn’t typed those first few words of that first blog. If I hadn’t done something that I thought I wasn’t able to do.
So what’s holding you back from trying something new? Is it just fear or do you need to go and learn some skills first? Take the first step today and see where you get to. It may be the start of a new adventure or it may prove that you need to call on an expert but just take that first step.
Give it a try and let me know how you get on