The sun sets on another day…
My mind drifted tonight as I watched the sun slowly set and disappear in the western sky. A light rain took over and I smiled just for a moment then laughed at the world.
I remember when I had my first giant presentation. I was supposed to get out in front of nearly 1000 people and talk about electronic data capture, methods, and system validation and privacy. With the expectation of putting everyone to sleep I wondered how I would feel. I had never been nervous in front of crowds and had no problem talking to anyone. This group was a significant number of PHd levels and above, but I got out there and just did the work, explained the situation, and clarified their questions.
I could have walked away. I could have huddled in the backroom. I could have been overcome and set aside my skill in favor of my insecurities. Instead, I stood up and fixed the problem.
Doesn’t really matter now much, does it? For me though it was another step-in confidence and as my career progressed, I found that being confident shines through in the world. We’ve seen situations where overconfidence has nothing to do with competence, but it does create an air that pushes change.
I ask you now to step up in front of the world and be you. I ask you now to not shy away but instead be that person who is confident in their own abilities and able to help others. Be that person that makes a difference because you are that person. No one can take your power from you but you.
So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you realize that you have something to give. As you progress, take the time to share with others and be the best person that you can be every day, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and believe in you…