I have three friends, all of them bloggers. They’re some of the smartest people I know.
Whenever we go out to a gathering together, two of them gladly introduce themselves for who they are: bloggers, but the third one lies and tells people that he’s a social media marketer instead.
I ask him why, and he responds:
“I feel like if I tell people that I’m a blogger when I’ve yet to really accomplish anything, it feels kind of… lame. Blogging as a profession just sounds like I made it up to avoid the responsibilities of an actual job.”
If you’re embarrassed telling people what it is that you do for work, maybe it’s a sign.
Maybe it’s a sign that tells you what it is that you’re doing is something you’re actually not passionate about.
Maybe it’s a sign that tells you what it is that you’re doing is something you don’t like doing
Maybe it’s a sign that tells you what it is that you’re doing is something that you feel has no potential for growth.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a new blogger or not. It’s the mindset that really matters.
The fact that you’re embarrassed now only means one thing: that you don’t truly believe you’re capable of succeeding. You’re looking at yourself and what you’re capable of with a backwards mentality. You’re giving up on yourself before you’ve even started. You lack the confidence you need to become the blogger you want.
The greatest salespeople of all time are those that believe in their own product. Because they’re behind their product 100%, they believe all they need to do is show, not tell, their product and the product will sell itself.
As a blogger, or any self-made profession, what you do is the product. It is who you are. If you’re embarrassed because you have yet to achieve anything, you’re looking at it regressively — you’re looking at where you are instead of where you could be. You’re focusing on the obstacle and not the path. You’re holding yourself back because you’re scared to commiting 100%.
The opposite holds equally true as well. If you truly believe yourself to succeed, you will. It won’t be because of some magic that happens, but because you’ll have primed your mindset into one that focuses the path rather than the obstacle, to accepting no other alternative other than the path you believe in. When you believe so strongly in something, your ambitions, your goals, your actions will all line up and naturally point you towards the very path of success you believe yourself capable of.
We all start small. We all start as nobody. Rome wasn’t built in a day and there’s no shame in that. If you truly love what you do and believe in what you’re capable of, it doesn’t matter won’t matter what people think. It only matters whether or not you’re able to achieve the success you’ve dreamed of.
“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.” — Les Brown