The Value Of Experience And Confidence
Something's been on my mind all day.
Why do we struggle with it at times, especially when we've done something over and over and over again?
Is there something innate in us that makes us doubt ourselves, or some other outside force?
I read an interesting post today on Mary Jaksch blog, Write To Done. If you're unfamiliar with Mary or her blog, you're missing out. It's a wonderful blog about all things writing, from freelance to topics on writing and everything in between.
Today's blog post discussed a common fear we all share.
The Fear Of Being Discovered
Discovered as the fraud we writers imagine ourselves to be and ways to work through it.
The post was written by Sonia Thompson who is founder of Try Biz School, a great resource for helping others build their dream business.
The post titled "How To Keep Writing Even When You Feel Like A Fraud" lays out common struggles that we writers all share (and I'm sure other creative types, as well as any one who shares anything worthwhile).
For example, one of the common issues we deal with is that we are a by-product of our environment growing up (Nature vs. Nurture anyone?). Think about it a little. We are raised by our parents, attend schools that help reinforce certain behaviors and expectations, and we strive to fulfill them.
It's when we feel we fall short of these expectations and roles that are rooted in our psyche that we develop a sense of being an imposter.
The Myth Of Overnight Success
Another cause of the feeling like a fraud is if we do something that appears to come easy.
Take the example of Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love. She dealt with "instant" success that garnered a lot of attention, made into a movie and a book deal. She struggled with the idea that she wrote something amazing, easily, and the expectations were to replicate it.
She struggled to write her next book and guess what? It didn't do very well. But she was fine with it, because she knew the value of her experience working on her craft.
Keep in mind that as the person who sweated, toiled and worked for years to perfect our craft, we know it wasn't easy but a rather long, hard road. And the knowledge you learned is priceless and the experience gained, invaluable.
Using a napkin, Picasso sketched out his "Dove of Peace" and handed it toward the admirer but not before asking for a rather large sum of money in return. The admirer, stunned, said "how could you ask for so much? It took you a minute to draw this!" To which, Picasso replied succinctly, "No, it took me 40 years."
(Thanks to Brian Braun's excellent short post on the Napkin Wisdom on Experience and Pricing)
Since we, as people, are social creatures by nature, it only makes sense that we struggle with being discovered as less than we project.
But understand, you are an expert at what you do.
You've studied the craft and honed the skills for years and the idea that you can just whip out something in mere minutes that appears to be easy, was actually paid for in years of hard work.
If you're interested about more articles on Mary Jaksch blog Write To Done, just click Mary's name.
You can get more information about Sonia Thompson's Try Biz School by clicking her name.
Read Brian Braun's excellent post Picasso's Napkin Wisdom on Experience and Pricing.