THE WALK OF SHAME
We have all been there at one point in our lives, some more than others.
I don't know about you but for me it usually consisted of a blurry disposition, bright sunlight and an outfit only fit for darkness. That early morning realisation that you have not slept yet, are walking like a new born foal and have a huge stupid grin on your face hoping no-one will realise you are a piss head.
Ya gotta love your 20's!
Watching the last episode of Game of Thrones brought me right back to those days. In fairness, there was no heckling or blood infused feet happening, but the chant of SHAME SHAME SHAME sounded familiar. That inbuilt voice we all carry around every day.
You know the one.
- You are not smart enough.
- You are not talented enough.
- Oh feck, they will all know I am a fraud.
Nobel Laureate Maya Angelou once said: “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’ ”
Thankfully this fear does not stop Imposter Syndrome sufferers to Create or hit their goals. Wow! Imagine a world without uplifting music, inspiring books and new innovative technology.
How dull a planet.
It may not stop sufferers, but it does cause anxiety, stress and unnecessary negative dispositions in many high achievers.
In the Creative sector, confidence to promote your work, sell and generally show off is quite a challenge. I work with Creatives every day who struggle with this fear of shame.
When we put ourselves out there – whether it be a product you have created, a service or YOU could be the brand itself, there is always that huge deeply ingrained fear of the shame of failure.
- What if this falls flat on its face.
- What if I get no likes, comments or interest from anyone.
- What if I can’t sell any pieces of work, what will I do then?
These thoughts can, and do stop so many Creative talents from ever pursuing their dreams of financial freedom from their Art.
I want to just pull you into a train of thought for a minute before I slap you on the arse and tell you to go for it!
- If you never try then how do you know you will fail.
- It is super difficult to get yourself in front of a large audience these days, so when you think about it, how many people will see you fail. Family & friends? Meh..they will support the journey no matter what the outcome.
- With every failure comes education and a motivation to succeed.
- If you create a body of work that you cannot sell, then use your Creativity to figure out what will sell.
“There is always a solution now let’s get jiggy with it” – Biscuit
Here are Biscuits top 3 tips when starting out on your Entrepreneurial journey.
1.Identify your core value proposition – what value are you going to bring your audience
2.Who are you audience – what market do you want to serve
3. What makes you different to your competition – who are they & how can you stand out from the crowd
Now go follow that dream. You only have one shot at this life make it as exciting and fulfilling as you can.
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