If you’re a business owner (or want to be someday), there are so many things you don’t yet know about that you’ll have to learn. If you don’t want to learn anything new, being a writer and/own business owner probably aren’t paths you want to consider.
We’re all born with a blank slate. Every thing has a first time. Why weren’t we afraid from the very start to learn to communicate, eat, move until we knew how to walk? Because we didn’t know any better.
Each writer has different strengths and interests and we come about them in various ways.None of us woke up one day as successful writers. We had to learn how to:
- print / write
- craft sentences/paragraphs/stories
- learn writing rules
- understand grammar
- come up with ideas
- research – through the Internet or, old school at a library
- use a printer or scanner
- learn to upload and download
- use e-mail
- and so on
Our businesses didn’t create themselves out of thin air – there are numerous tasks we need to figure out how to do when we’re a business owner.
Every little bit and piece of our writing business started with learning something new. All things are brand new to us — at first.
Deciding to be a writer is scary in itself, isn’t it?
Pursuing writing as a career has its own anxiety, too.
And there will always be something that makes us sweat – even a little – when it first comes to mind.
Where does the fear come from? Why do we get afraid of a project that’s a bit over our heads?
I’ve been there many times, and expect to be there many more. Being a little afraid is how I know I’m continuing to learn, improve, and build upon my current writing (and business) skills.
If you have the basic skills for a project, you shouldn’t be afraid to use them as a foundation for new work. If there’s a certain type of writing you are passionate about pursuing, go after it however you can – online classes, workshops, webinars, writing groups….
We all start with a clean/blank slate. It’s up to us, individually, to fill the slate with the skills and experiences we want and need.
Being nervous is a good thing – it means we’re aware and open to possibilities. It means we desire to push ourselves further.
If you don’t feel a little scared, you aren’t stretching yourself.
I encourage you to embrace the fear and push out of your comfort zone.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? I bet you learned a lot from the experiences – good, bad, or otherwise.
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.